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Old 12-30-2012, 12:19 AM   #1
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What can I drop inside a tank to kill all invertebrates?


Hello.

I have a small tank that has some scuds, cherries and snails. It's pretty much been in my loft forever and things are breeding out of control. I would like to turn this tank into an all moss tank so I need everything out of there 100%. Obviously, netting things out is a giant waste of time and you can never get everything 100%.

Can I just drop something in the tank that would kill all shrimp/snails except plants and fish? I'll have all day to waste on this so maybe there is something I can pick up from a store? I did see some liquid medicine that gets rid of snails but not sure whether that is fish/plant safe.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:20 AM   #2
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Pennies, I heard some guy lost shrimps when his students dropped pennies in his tank. Hey if you don't want your shrimps i'll take em.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:26 AM   #3
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Pennies, I heard some guy lost shrimps when his students dropped pennies in his tank. Hey if you don't want your shrimps i'll take em.
Yeah I thought about dropping a small copper pipe but not sure if that would permanently damage some of my fish. I need a 100% sure way that gets it done within a few minutes or hours.

Unfortunately I've made up my mind to just get rid of the shrimp instead of catching them. Much easier and less time consuming.
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Are you emptying the tank? I'll gladly take as many shrimp and snails as you will pack up. If you're redoing the tank why not just dump it all out, clean it up and start from scratch?
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:30 AM   #5
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Are you emptying the tank? I'll gladly take as many shrimp and snails as you will pack up. If you're redoing the tank why not just dump it all out, clean it up and start from scratch?
Please see my post above (we posted at the same time )

I have some nice moss carpet that is tied down and I do not want to pull it all out and start over. I also have some nice endlers so breaking down the tank definitely is not an option since I do not have anywhere to put them while I cycle all over again.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:35 AM   #6
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I imagine putting in anything that will instantly kill all inverts wouldn't be too good for your endlers either, especially if you have any babies in there. Aren't there shrimp traps out there that people use?
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:37 AM   #7
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Coppersafe will *probably* work on the shrimp and snails, but not the scuds. Nothing kills scuds, not even death itself. Lol.

I know that No-Planaria will work on some types of snails too.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:38 AM   #8
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Hedge,
Algaefix kills all inverts while not disturbing the tank cycle. Its also safe for fish.
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bottle trap those shrimps for me haha.
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Algaefix kills all inverts while not disturbing the tank cycle. Its also safe for fish.
Really? ALL INVERTS? I find that pretty hard to believe as I tried at least 10 different chemicals to kill copepods, nematodes, and seed shrimp without any luck. If that's true then I'll be in and out of my PetSmart faster than you can say, "No more nematodes."
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H2o2 I'm higher doses will kill everything


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But I vote for algae fix


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yes algae fix worked for me
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Please see my post above (we posted at the same time )

I have some nice moss carpet that is tied down and I do not want to pull it all out and start over. I also have some nice endlers so breaking down the tank definitely is not an option since I do not have anywhere to put them while I cycle all over again.

But wouldn't killing all the shrimp and snails cause a colossal ammonia spike where you'd have to pull the endlers out anyway?
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It would make way more sense to trap them. You'll end up with an ammonia spike plus you'll have to find all the dead things in the moss.
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