I am from Melbourne, Australia.
Does anybody know the best/safest way of Treating Planaria infestation in L number Catfish Tanks?
I have been reading about Fenbendazole but I have found no information regarding it's effect on L number catfish.
I have a 5000 litre system with several different species.
I keep L 015, L046, L066, L129, L134 & a few others.
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Alternatively, planaria really thrive in overfed tanks. Maybe reduce feedings for a few weeks? IDK if it would do any good, but it shouldn't hurt the fish.
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Do you have any other fish in the tank? You could introduce (if only temporarily) mollies, bettas, angelfish, all are known to eat planaria in the aquarium. But as Eric says, reduce feeding and/or hoover out the leftovers/waste more often.
I ended up speaking to local aquarium shop and they recommend " Liverpool Creek Aquariums" Planaria Fix"
1st treatment 12ml per 50 Lts
After 48 hrs treated again.
Then 50 % water change after another 48hrs.
No sign of any planaria .
No losses of any fish, fry or eggs.
After 1st treatment my 200s had first batch of eggs.
Sadly he scattered them all over the tank. But it's a great starting point.
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They provide you an early warning your tank is in trouble, the next stage is fish begin dying. A wake up call to your fish keeping skills.
And in addition, planaria are the best mop up crew to remedy your errors. Besides providing an excellent live food source for your fish.
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Also, I’ve never found a fish that would eat them here at my house. About 15 years ago when I first experienced planaria I did try to find fish that would do the job.