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I have a 5 gal bowfront in my bathroom (yes, my bathroom). It's purely a ramshorn breeding tank for my CL's and my soon-to-be DP's. The substrate is crushed coral covered by a layer of smooth gravel, and there's a big clump of Java moss in there.

A few days ago I did a very long overdue gravel vacuuming. I obviously disturbed lots of crud, because I now have planaria like you would not believe.

First, allow me to say:

Eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww eww EWW!!!

My plan(aria) of attack is to do very frequent vaccumings and watch how much I feed. However, I would also like to add a fish or two that is likely to appreciate (in the eating kind of way) planaria.

Suggestions?

Of course, I won't be adding any fish until I get things somewhat under control. It's never too early to plan, though.

ETA: Would I be better off with a couple of shrimp?
 

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Planaria and shrimp don't mix well..........

As for a fish....

I have No idea... I'd think probably some kind of tetra or barb...
 

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blue gouramis?

I have personally seen blue opaline gouramis eat hydra. I would put my money on them. Never had planaria myself, so am not sure, but it seems that carnivores would be best.

I have heard that bettas and paradise fish will eat them, and also small plecos, but have not had experience with it. Also snails might do it, like big apple snails...???
 

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I've used a product called "No Planaria". Others have used other products and also had success, however if the No Planaria is shrimp safe and fish safe while working at a very quick rate.
 

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The Planaria are toxic... They attack shrimp and kill them...
I have a tank of cherry shrimp and and almost an equal number of planaria and haven't noticed a problem.

what is your source on this information?
 

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There are many species of planaria.. Some are predatory, some are not......

got this infromation from the internet...
 

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There are many species of planaria.. Some are predatory, some are not......

got this infromation from the internet...
I personally put very little faith in information on the internet, especially forums; unless it comes from a reliable source/person.

As we all know all that it takes to make a post on a forum is a computer, internet connection, email account and half of a brain.

A good example of that would be the belief that snails prey on shrimp also ...
 

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well, of all the folks replying here, I see a pattern....it's gouramis, bettas and paradise fish...all labyrinth organ fish. So I would try a betta since your tank is small.
 

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well, of all the folks replying here, I see a pattern....it's gouramis, bettas and paradise fish...all labyrinth organ fish. So I would try a betta since your tank is small.
Yeah, I saw that too. Although I'm tempted by the ember tetras (and my folks live in Mission), I could really only fit a few in a 5 gal and I don't think it's fair to keep just a few shoalers.

Plus, that means I can take part in Betta Mania!!! I've been closing my eyes every time I walk past them at the Burnaby store. . .

Going to go throw a heater in the 5 gal - warm it up for Mr. Splendens. Whee! :D
 

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I had a 10 gal with shrimp and snails in it as well as planaria. The shrimp and the snails were NOT impressed with the planaria. When I put food into the tank the planaria would crawl all over it, hence the shrimp and snails would get nothing. I also believe ( but do not know for sure b/c I didn't look at the tank 24/7 ) that I may have lost some shrimplets due to the planaria.

I ended up using panacur to get rid of the planaria, in pretty much just one dose, altho I did do a second one. I had NO losses of the shrimp or the snails.

I have not tried the "No Planaria" but others have with great success.

I personally do not know of a fish that will eat it, as I haven't tried.

Good luck!
 
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