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Austin 08-19-2013 07:52 PM

Help! New plants have planaria/snails.
So I ordered some new plants and they just came in the mail and I was cleaning them and I noticed a few planaria (or some fat oval, small worm like thing) ... I also noticed a few pond snails....

I was disappointed in the quality of the plants overall.....

But I just washed them well with tap water spending a ton of time...

I'm not sure that's good enough -.- I really don't want planaria or pond snails.

What should I do with the plants? Right now they are just sitting in a bucket of water... I'm afraid to introduce them but I don't want my investment to all die...

:( I'm so upset.

Chesh 08-19-2013 08:38 PM

Austin! :( I'm really sad for you right now. I hope this gets sorted out. . .

To be honest? If it were ME, I'd send a message to the seller. FIRST. Before anything else. . . with pics, if possible. . .

I'm sure there are a number of chemicals you can dump on them, but everything I know of is also pretty stressful for the plants, so I wouldn't want to use them on plants that weren't looking their best to begin with. I'm sure someone with more experience in such things will be along soon to help - I always keep my plants in fishless QT before adding them to the tank, so I'm not much help with this, I'm sorry!


Austin 08-19-2013 08:48 PM

Thanks chesh,

Well, now that I washed them and all they actually are not too bad. I think my digust for the planaria made me sort of over react to the way the plants look. Only one plant died but most of the other stuff is fine. I contacted him... He seemed a bit defensive at first, said he treats them with potassium permanganate first and there shouldn't be any live planaria... 0.o but anyways, he recommended a bleach solution. I can't really get good photos of the planaria and I squished any that I saw without thinking much about it. x.x I don't wanna kill the plants.

How do you keep root plants in fish less quarantine?

Sort of off from the original topic, but Can I just leave them in a bucket for a day or so until I figure out what to do? (And can it be tap water?) I have school to study for I didn't intend to spend hours worrying about my plants and cleaning them!

Austin 08-19-2013 08:51 PM

What was really gross was that I got one in my hand on my finger and one end of it kinda kept sticking to me!!! Is this normal for planaria or could it be LEECHES?!

Boredomb 08-19-2013 08:55 PM

You can leave them in a bucket of tap water that's fine. Just don't leave them in the bucket too many days without light or they will not like it too much.

Boredomb 08-19-2013 08:56 PM

Austin 08-19-2013 08:57 PM

Okay that's good to know. I can add dechlorinator easily if it helps...

Well I will probably have to wait until tomorrow to deal with it then, I'll have more time...

But for now any more recommendations anyone? :/

Not really it was like this:

Other pics won't upload for me right now x.x but it's the black u shaped thing. Sorry it's so blurry... I can't tell if that's how it looked. I only saw the top of it but it was only like 4-5 mm long and 2 mm thick. That one was gray but most were tan... I stupidly didn't look that hard. I was just stressed out an upset and I killed most of them...

Austin 08-19-2013 09:45 PM

Here is a video.

What is this? - YouTube

Chesh 08-19-2013 09:59 PM

Good news that they don't seem *as* bad! :/ I'm so upset for you right now!

They should be fine in a bucket for a couple of days, you can even stick it in a shady spot outside so it can get a little bit of light. Root plants and Crypts (in my experience) don't enjoy being left to float for too long, though.

I've never dealt with these pests before, so I don't want to advise, but I'd put them into QT, regardless! O.o If it IS planaria, it shouldn't be *that* big of a deal. Most of the pests that come into a tank are more or less harmless, and ultimately become a part of the food chain. I actually liked it when I was infested with Daphnia for a while (before I started QTing!) But leeches??! *shudders* Leeches creep me out. O.o

How to feed them fishless depends on the tank ^.^ I have a crypt tank QTing right now that is using root tabs, and another rooty tank that is my first experiment with dirt and soil. Both tanks are doing great!

ETA - I just saw the video! EWWW! Looks like planaria to me. . . *wrinkles nose*

Austin 08-19-2013 10:10 PM

Hmmm he said it looks like red worms or even leech... The guy who I bought them from. I don't even know!! Honestly I may just ask for a refund and if I can get one just toss them and order elsewhere... I don't want to set up a bunch of things and do all the hassle for something that in my opinion shouldn't have been there in the first place... :/ it's depressing. I really liked the ozelot sword and the vallisneria was nice. Maybe I'll try dipping in bleach... That would for sure kill anything? And if the plants live great...

He seems upstanding though and willing to try to make it better... But not sure how much a full refund will fly. It's just so gross I don't want to deal with it. I've never seen this kind of thing on plants.....

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