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April 9, 2008 at 2:08 am #1408SeanMember
Pete, since I treated my tank with Panacur, I realize I am limited with what I can put in there for a while, but I want some color 🙂
As I have stated before, I have a 50 gallon tall. My lighting system is a power compact (Current USA Orbit) that has 1 Dual Daylight Lamp (6700K & 10,000K), 1 Dual Actinic Lamp (420nm/460nm), and an LED Lunar Light. Timers are set on all three so that they have a moon effect, dawn and dusk effect, and of course a full daylight effect.
I have approximately 50lbs of live rock and since my tank is 50 tall, the length and width of the tank are small so my live rock is stacked upwards, of course the seahorse\’s have plenty of room to swim around all over the tank. Up, down, onthe substrate, wherever. All the plants I have in the tank are fake, but along with the live-rock, they have PLENTY of hitching posts.
I like iridescenct colors, and I know there are some mushrooms that have this, but having treated with the Panacur, what is safe and what is not?
You wanted to know about the Margarita snails and Panacur. They did survive the treatment with no apparent ill effects at all.April 10, 2008 at 1:08 am #4115Pete GiwojnaGuest
Yes, sir, treating your aquarium with fenbendazole (brand name Panacur) does limit the type of corals that you can subsequently keep in that tank, but fortunately the mushroom corals you are interested in don’t seem to be sensitive to the medication.
Fenbendazole does not have any adverse effects on biological filtration, but it is deadly to many Cnidarians besides hydroids. Mushrooms and related corals are generally not affected, but expect it to have dire effects on other corals (e.g., sinularias), polyps, gorgonians, and anemones. In general, any Cnidarians with polyps that resemble the stalked family of Hydrozoans are likely to be hit hard by fenbendazole, so that’s a good rule of thumb to go by.
If you want to be extra safe, or you are considering corals other than mushrooms, both activated carbon and polyfilter pads do a great job of pulling medications out of the aquarium. It’s for that very reason that you need to remove the chemical filtration media and turn off your protein skimmer when you are medicating an aquarium. I would think filtering your aquarium with either a good brand of activated carbon or a set of polyfilter pads should be sufficient if you want to add some mushrooms to your seahorse setup, Sean.
And if you want to add some more color to your seahorse setup, you may also want to consider some of the very lifelike synthetic corals, gorgonians, and sponges offered by Living Color (http://www.livingcolor.com/coral.cfm). They come in a variety of colors, are extremely realistic, and have an excellent texture, all of which makes them ideal for use in a seahorse tank.
Best of luck with your new seahorse system, Sean!
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