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post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old 08-24-2011, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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Removing Freshwater Limpet

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I am slowly getting overpopulated with freshwater limpet, I know they aren't as dangerous as Planaria or Hydra in a shrimp tank but it gets extremely annoying seeing them on the glass.

I was wondering what are some was of removing them. Would have a couple Assassin Snails help remove them?

The tank is 10 gallon with an AquaClear filter, plants, Fire Red Cherries and Briggs (will probably move these out).

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i dont think assassin snails are even interested in them at all. these are a big pain to remove. I have to live with them. I hate them.
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I think this happens to all my new tanks I set up, the population of limpets explodes then they're gone in two months. So I wouldnt worry.
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I've been squishing a lot of the bigger ones hoping that the shrimp would munch on them.

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Where do the limpets come from? I haven't had any... I imagine they look like tiny keyhole limpets?

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I think most come hitchhiked from plants from other tanks.

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They'll go away, they breed prolifically for a month then disappear, they dont appreciate the conditions we keep shrimp in
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Limpets and Copepods have been thriving in my shrimp tank despite low temps and soft water. They went (mostly) away in one of my other tanks after adding a few nerites. My guess is the neuritis out compete them for food.
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If youre talking about those little white things that kinda spring around in a jerky motions then yeah I hate those things.

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If youre talking about those little white things that kinda spring around in a jerky motions then yeah I hate those things.
no, those are not limpets. limpets stick on the glass. they're almost flat with hard shell. i rmb reading they're not a type of snails, but they're sort of similar, just a lot harder to remove.
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I'm not sure if they feed on algae because I have a surplus of those. I've been thinking about adding 3 Otos in my invert tank and was wondering if they'd eat them (or at least out compete them for food).

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If youre talking about those little white things that kinda spring around in a jerky motions then yeah I hate those things.
I might have those things too. Do they kind of look like round shrimp that skuttle along the bottom?

I found two huge ones under my moss yesterday - one was mounted on top of the other. I was so grossed out, I tried to fish them out but they were just too fast for me.
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They look more like half of a clam shell crawling along the glass.

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Oh yeah - I know. I have a few limpets stuck to my glass.

But I also have these weird little bugs I can't identify that crawl around on my substrate and in my moss. They're a little unnerving, partly due to the fact I have no idea what they are.
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