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Seed Shrimps Any DIY Traps?

Anyone have success with trapping seed shrimps or Ostrocoda
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This was a post of mine a short while ago (bottom of the page). I emptied it from my girlfriend's Pumkin Neo tank yesterday. About sixty seed shrimp down the drain. I wil be adding them to my bowfront next for my galaxy Rasboras ---> OM NOM NOM.

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Here are a few pictures to illistrate my simple pest trap. This is essentially the same as a bottle trap many use to capture thier fish, just micro.

You can contact your local veterinarian about the vacutainer. Be sure to mention what it is for and I am sure any animal loving vet tech will provide you with a few. This is not an item they generally sell FYI. Remove the rubber stopper from the plastic body. Use a leather punch or a drill to make way for whatever small tubing you have. I used 1/4" John Guest tube left over from my RO set-up. Tie up a short length of fishing line to the rubber stopper so you can easily retrieve it when its time to rebait. I have used crushed Omega One color pellets as bait to great effect, but most foods will work I'm sure.

I have successfully captured cyclops, planaria and seed shrimps with this design.

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Do You have any of those tubes for sale? I don't think there are any vets near my area
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I will look into buying a box of them and get back to you.
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is it okay if there is some preservatives in it? like some kind of chemical that preserves the blood. could i rinse it out?
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is it okay if there is some preservatives in it? like some kind of chemical that preserves the blood. could i rinse it out?
I was just told that the Vacutainers are sterile plastic/rubber, no chems. I rinse everything I place in my tanks with RO or aged tank water just to be sure though.

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Only way to get rid of seed shrimp is to introduce fish such as baby guppies. Check out my thread how fast they cleaned it up.

How I got rid of my seed shrimp...should work for copepods too.
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RO water?
Revese Osmosis water.

As hedge_fund mentioned purchasing fish fry can help clean up your pest problem. Micro rasboras may also interest you as far as a fish purchase goes.

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Revese Osmosis water.

As hedge_fund mentioned purchasing fish fry can help clean up your pest problem. Micro rasboras may also interest you as far as a fish purchase goes.
Would they eat my baby shrimp?
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Just bought a box of expired vacutainers, going to test it tonight
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beginrag is correct, vacutainers are completely sterile. The company I work for does the sterilization of these for some companies.

Obviously though once you touch them and open them they are not sterile, but there shouldn't be any contaminants.

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Would they eat my baby shrimp?
Probably. I only kept my baby guppies in there for a short time. They kept busy with the seed shrimp since they were much easier to catch. Especially since seed shrimp hang out on the glass in colonies.


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Well I ended up taking all the dirt out and laying moss all over the aquarium floor
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