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Old 10-14-2013, 11:29 PM   #1 
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Planaria Question

I recently purchased some Malawa shrimp to go in the 2.5 Mini Bow with Finch the Betta.

After they were shipped, the seller told me his tank had planaria. Said all I had to do was discard the plants in the shipping bag with the shrimp and all would be well.

Despite his assurances that there's nothing to worry about, I do. Will discarding the plants really take care of the planaria? Even though these shrimp will stay in the 2.5 and not join the others in my 20, I don't want it contaminated.

Will they bum a ride with Finch when it's his turn in the "big tank?"

Any help appreciated.
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:07 AM   #2 
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I'm pretty sure the seller is right... Planaria aren't parasitic so they won't hitch a ride on fish and shrimp, but they would definitely stay in the plants and bag. I would be careful and not add any shipping water, and after acclimation net the shrimp out of the bag into the new tank.
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:09 AM   #3 
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Thanks, Matt. I feel better now.
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No problem. Heel an eye on the tank just in case, but chances are good you aren't going to have any issues.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:07 PM   #5 
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I think planaria are funny! I love to watch fish eat them off the walls of the tank. Though ik theyr not a good sign.I had em a while ago in a tank but I realized I hadn't been paying enough attention to how much I was feeding:/ so I cut back and did a big wawa change and *bringo!*, they disappeared. Btw "bringo" was a dr. Steve brule reference.
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