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11-06-2012 08:50 AM
Patriot Wait why is this even posted in the plant section?
11-06-2012 08:24 AM
Rob in Puyallup I love my little copepods!

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11-06-2012 06:49 AM
The Fish
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I don't know why, but I don't really seem to mind sticking my hand into a tank with shrimp, but I'm really afraid of copepods touching me. Also, I've come to accept copepods as a part of shrimp tanks, only the 20L I'm setting up is my show tank, and I really don't want copepods in it.
Furthermore, the show tank is a FISH TANK, and not a SHRIMP TANK, so it's not impossible to have a bug free tank. If I don't thin the herd as much as possible, then the fish won't be able to eat them all.
I just thought of something: Is it possible to do multiple bleach dips until all the pods are gone?
you might want to see a psychologist. you've probably exposed yourself to more chemical harm trying to get rid of these critters than is worth the trouble
11-05-2012 11:24 PM
james1542 Most pods are barely visible anyways. Consider them a blessing, and a free source of live food to improve your fish husbandry. They are completely harmless to you.
11-05-2012 12:18 PM
somewhatshocked Gloves can be a good thing. Especially if you've got sensitive inverts and have been handling copper, use strong cleansers or have serious allergies.

Anything that helps prevent harm to the tank is a good thing in my opinion.
11-05-2012 03:07 AM
Patriot
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They're freaking disgusting and I never put my hands in the tanks without gloves anymore. I'm setting up a 20L and I'd really like at least ONE TANK to not be infested with critters.
are you for real about the gloves?
11-05-2012 01:01 AM
somewhatshocked Forgot to mention - if you have a sizable pod population, your fish will make quicker work of them if you don't feed the tank for a few days.
11-04-2012 11:19 PM
somewhatshocked Your fish will definitely be able to eat most of them.

Going out of your way to try to rid them will end up causing more harm than good.
11-04-2012 09:45 PM
Mike1239 Even if you get rid of them now they will come back. You can limit the population by cleaning the tank more and feeding less. But they will always be around
11-04-2012 09:38 PM
Overgrowth
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I'm definitely with Jake. They're really good for your tanks. You probably should keep your hands out of the tank as much as possible anyways, watch very well when you do need to go in. But I do that in general, I don't think you will have any issues from touching them.

There's actually very little difference between them and shrimp, and I've had my shrimp try to 'Clean' my hand while it was in the tank.




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I don't know why, but I don't really seem to mind sticking my hand into a tank with shrimp, but I'm really afraid of copepods touching me. Also, I've come to accept copepods as a part of shrimp tanks, only the 20L I'm setting up is my show tank, and I really don't want copepods in it.
Furthermore, the show tank is a FISH TANK, and not a SHRIMP TANK, so it's not impossible to have a bug free tank. If I don't thin the herd as much as possible, then the fish won't be able to eat them all.
I just thought of something: Is it possible to do multiple bleach dips until all the pods are gone?
11-04-2012 09:36 PM
Green_Flash they are peaceful and harmless, and beneficial
11-04-2012 09:22 PM
MABJ I'm definitely with Jake. They're really good for your tanks. You probably should keep your hands out of the tank as much as possible anyways, watch very well when you do need to go in. But I do that in general, I don't think you will have any issues from touching them.

There's actually very little difference between them and shrimp, and I've had my shrimp try to 'Clean' my hand while it was in the tank.




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11-04-2012 09:09 PM
Overgrowth
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Maybe converting to an emersed setup for a while would kill them?

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Nope, I've tried that; they're so small that they live in the substrate until I fill up the tank.

These things are friggin' immortal...I did dump like a gallon of bleach in 1/3 of a gallon of water, just to see if that would kill em, and it did...But it killed some duckweed too. Obviously I couldn't do that to that to my HC or else it would die...

UGHHHHHHHHH!
11-04-2012 08:48 PM
Aben314 Maybe converting to an emersed setup for a while would kill them?

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11-04-2012 08:43 PM
Overgrowth One thing I forgot to mention:

The plants ARE NOT in a tank. Meaning I can go crazy with whatever chemicals you guys recommend >
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