Re:Panacur question

Pete Giwojna

Dear Carrie:

I’m glad to hear that the Panacur is working so well for you. There are about a zillion different types of hydroids and some are much more difficult to eradicate that others. If the ‘droids infesting your tank are so sensitive that most of them are keeling over after just one treatment, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to perform a partial water change and siphon up the dead/dying colonies so that they don’t pollute the aquarium.

But I would still go ahead and add a second and perhaps a third dose every other day to make sure that you have eliminated all of them in all of the different stages of their life cycle.

After you perform the last treatment and make your subsequent water change, you can pull out any remaining traces of the fenbendazole by filtering the water with activated carbon or a Poly-Filter pad. It should then be perfectly safe to return your Astrea snail or add a lettuce nudibranch to your Pixie tank if you wish.

As long as there is no porous live rock in your dwarf seahorse tank to soak up the medication and then gradually leach it back into the aquarium over a period of months, all of the Panacur should be gone following a water change and filtration with activated carbon and/or a Poly-Filter pad.

Best of luck staying one step ahead of the hydroids in your nurseries and dwarf seahorse setup, Carrie!

Happy Trails!
Pete Giwojna

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