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Plumatella repens?
July 18, 2011
6:46 pm
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Reva
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Hi guys, I posted in the plant section at first, but I find that I am not dealing with a plant problem. On closer inspection I have noticed that there is a pattern to the tendrils that reminds me of hydra only with fewer arms. A neon was caught and killed. The back story is that I cleaned out a huge mass of overgrown Java fern, and thought at first that the threadlike things were rootlets, but it turns out that they numbed my thumb when i was pulling them out. Went to fish store full of smart people a further distance away, and we came to a conclusion that they are something similar to hydra.

I am going on vacation in two days. I have a spare tank and some bunch plants ready to set up (and new substrate). I will have to jump start the new filter with bottled bacteria.

Question:
A. will blue gouramis eat these guys?
B. should I use chemicals?
C. can the fish in the tank carry spores to a different tank?
D. what would you do to get rid of them?

July 18, 2011
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Hey Reva,
What shop did you go to for advice? Just curious since I'm in the area.
I've never dealt with your problem, but i do use flubendazole for other things. Charles says it kills hydra i'd believe him. He can get it to you fairly quickly but not likely in 2 days unless you get him today and overnight it. I have some but I'm a pretty good ride from you.

http://www.inkmkr.com/Fish/Flu.....atment.pdf

Just had a look at this stuff online...very strange! Never heard of it? I don't know if fluben. would kill this?? You might call Charles and see what he thinks. He's very helpfull if you can reach him. Maybe someone else here will know more.

July 19, 2011
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Got any pictures?

July 20, 2011
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Hi guys, I had to act quickly, so didnt take pics but can find something online to refer you to. I am going on a week's camping trip tomorrow, but luckily my daughter is an aquarist too, and will be monitering it for me.

I got out a spare tank, same size (208 liters), put in new gravel, new plants, new rocks, some bog wood from my big tank (568 liters), adjusted the ph etc in new tank, took a marineland 400 biowheel filter off of the big tank and put in on the new one. Put all the fish in bags (rinsed off on the outside) to float, then took the fish out of the bags by hand to release into new tank.

then went back to the old tank and nuked it from orbit (with bleach/water)

they said fenbendazole would have killed them, but i had malaysian burrowing snails and it would have fouled the water anyway. Dumped the gravel...I'm DONE

Lost 20 neons and 10 rasboras, also a Columbian Ram and five Emperor tets. All because I was busy and thought they were java fern roots at first. kicking self /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

July 20, 2011
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[quote name='plaamoo' date='Jul 18 2011, 06:43 PM' post='31129']
Hey Reva,
What shop did you go to for advice?

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