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BoxxerBoyDrew 11-02-2012 07:30 AM

Strange Inverts in 55g???
Hey Everyone,

While looking closely at my plants and driftwood in my 55g I noticed some (5+) tiny inverts of some kind on the large stump and on the stems of a few of my crypts. They are less than a centimeter in overall length and look like Apistasia you get in a marine tank! They have a tube looking main body with 4 or 5 tentacles. They react when I touch them with tweezers by retracting their tentacles and shrinking! I have watched pond snails touch them, and the snails don't seem to be bothered/stung by them.

Does anyone know what they are, and how to get rid of them???

Thanks for the help!

TheKribKeeper 11-02-2012 07:44 AM

Hydra is what I imagine they are and if so they will catch small fry. As far as killing them I do not know never had them myself sorry.

TheKribKeeper 11-02-2012 07:48 AM

Just found this website about hydra have a look they are bad news.

steven p 11-02-2012 08:52 AM


Something like .1 grams per ten gallons.

If they are hydra, anyway...

BoxxerBoyDrew 11-03-2012 05:03 PM

Yep they are Hydra!

THANK YOU for the link Krib Keeper!

Also thanks for the Panacur-c info Steven!!!

I have only found a few so far, and I have TONS OF POND SNAILS! Since the link says the Pond Snails eat them that is probably why I have only seen a few! I have NO fish in the tank, so I haven't been feeding at all!

I just dirted the tank on 10-2-12, so maybe they cane from the Miracle grow organic potting soil!

I am planning on just having small fish in the tank, so I HAVE TO KILL THEM FAST!

I will check out the Panacur-c, and the web site form the link says gouramies will eat them, so I could do both I guess!

I will let Yall know how it goes!


TheKribKeeper 11-03-2012 11:45 PM

You're welcome. Glad I could help.

BoxxerBoyDrew 11-04-2012 10:16 AM

I forgot I got some Malaysian Pond Snails, and they were added to the tank last week when I was Farm Sitting for my Parents!

So I bet they came in that way!

Anyway not to big of deal, as long as I can get rid of them!


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