Realize you are making a mistake. Tetras WILL eat shrimp, even with enough hiding places your shrimp are going to take a hit and will hide all the time. What's the point if you can't see them? Again, I'm not trying to belittle, I have freaked out about ALL SORTS OF THINGS in my tank. Planaria and hydra are calls for action. Everything else you really need to BREATHE, RELAX, and learn to deal for a moment. Why do I say 'for a moment'? Because after a few months and the tank getting established, most of these critters go away. They are common in new tank set ups and can also come from overfeeding. Every time you nuke the tank you are going to just start over, they will come back. Nematodes and detritus worms eat gunk in your substrate, they are good to have. Seriously, take a moment and BREATH before you nuke the tank and add fish. Cause at that point you might as well just have a dang fishtank and not do shrimp at all. Really trying to save you money and grief here. Promise!
I can see that you're trying to help, I appreciate it.
I never intended to have a shrimp only tank.
This tank was my...is my, first experiment with high tech. I figured starting on a 10 gallon was the best way to learn through trial and error.
Started with diy co2 and crazy high light. A light I ordered for a larger tank that I still haven't used on but will. Anyway, light was putting out some serious par and a total of 4" longer than this 10 gallon so it was hanging off both sides shining down like the sun itself.
Needless to say diy is inconsistent and well you know the story.
Algae showed up. I have seen people pull off diy and nothing was going to stop me from learning the hard way. After all, I started this tank as a stepping stone. I can read all day but I learn most by doing. So I expected to fail but I thought I may avoid some things. Ha, boy was I wrong...I have already killed things from inadvertently causing ammonia spikes, gotten huge algae outbreak, I have done the 1-2 algae punch, I had an outbreak of MTS, I killed a few shrimp because I had removed intake screen on powerhead...
..and my tank is still new! So now I have worms swimming around.
I realize MTS are good and serve a purpose. I still don't like them. That's just personal. Needle nose gars are weird to me, they look crazy and I would never want one. I admittedly don't like *everything* in this hobby but then that would be crazy because there are about a million.
As for these nematodes. These things are so tricky to learn about. There's so many different species of nematodes alone. So researching online is almost impossible unless you have a scientist at your house with a microscope on hand.
I read that shrimp tanks see them mainly or the most because there are no fish to eat them.
THEN, I read that a nematode has 3 life cycles. 1: Larvae 2: stage where they latch onto fish 3: when said fish gets sick, then eaten by larger fish the nematode lives its 3rd and final stage hosting internally on this new fish until the fish bloats and dies.
So depending on what this is, it either is parasitic or it's something less threatening such as just a treat for guppies. I have no idea.
There seems to be so many kinds. I have researched online for 2 days now. I finally found one graphic showing about 5 varieties and none matched the ones I have.
I would rather use no planaria because so far I have learned to trust Seachem and GLA. Since GLA sells it I feel comfortable using that out of all the other options of similar treatments.
And the tetras, if they eat adult shrimp then I won't get them. I took it that they eat babies and if so I am not trying to breed shrimp.
So yes, thanks for the tips, and I am positive you have much more experience than I do...I realize I am in the shrimp section and I hope I don't offend any shrimpers when I say I don't want to facilitate their breeding in this tank. Again though, if tetras eat grown amanos then that I am not okay with. I love rasboras and currently have 7 in my low tech but tetras were a childhood favorite and since I got back into tanks last year I told myself that was first fish I would get. A year later and lots of species, everything but tetras.
Hope that makes some kind of sense as to my thought process.
That was long winded and all on a cell phone ha.
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