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Old 03-17-2012, 09:23 PM   #1
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How do I get rid of these?


Just did a w/c and this is what I see. Tank has only been set up for 2 months where did these come from?
They are covering the gravel. I tried the panacur didnt help. Usually I don't worry about them but this is rediculous.
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:30 PM   #2
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Nematodes. Harmless and they most often come in with plants, but of course they can look pretty disgusting in large numbers. I'm sure there's treatments with the use of medications, but I can't remember any particular ones and their effects. Some small nano fish in the water column like chili rasboras will clean those up right away though. Just think of it this way - new excuse to buy some more fish!
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:32 PM   #3
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I think they'll stablize after a bit of time in the tank and their numbers will go down. New tanks sprout all kinds of things that go away after a little while.
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:49 PM   #4
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I've been having cloudy water problems with this tank I was wondering if these are the problem. Nitrates nitrites and ammonia are fine the water is just cloudy. Been doing alot of w/c lately to try and fix it that's when these guys look like this
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Could be a bacteria bloom. Honestly, with cloudy water and its not that bad, i leave it and let it stabilize. Doing massive WC's won't make it go away, it has to run it's cycle. New tanks do weird things. I started some of my shrimp tanks like add substrate, water, mature filter, shrimp same day and it never works out properly. Either get deaths, no breeding for months, all kinds of things. I've learn to be patient (hard) and wait to add my shrimp until any weird critters may pop up, bacteria blooms are gone, water tests fine, etc. I use ramshorn snails now and toss some of them in and let it go for a while. If they die, you know something is massively wrong. If they are happy in there and breeding more snails, then I will start to add shrimp.
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anthelminths = nematodes. Here is an article from wormbook (big nematode data base - I used to work with C. elegans for a while) for treatment. You can use levamisole which will paralyze/kill them in high enough concentrations.
http://www.wormbook.org/chapters/www...nticdrugs.html
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Thanks Hobbes. Thanks gettocheckin
I'm very impatient!! I'm ready to put some shrimp in there but I guess I'll wait. Thanks
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:48 PM   #8
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same thing happening to me

FSS , shrimp only tank, lots of baby shrimps so i cant put any fish

and i use only 2 sponge filters... weekly water change

they never disappear from my tank for last 6 months

totally harmless for shrimps though
i have thousands of these in my tank
and hundred of shrimps too
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:29 PM   #9
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I probably posted this 50 times already haha but put some guppy juveniles in for a day. They will eat all of them within 8 hours or so. I do this every so often once these things come back. If u leave the fish in for a day, they will go for the easy pickings and leave your shrimp alone. The juvenile guppies wont touch your shrimp either.
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:24 AM   #10
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Wow I love your infestation tank. I'm so tempted to throw in 20 guppies and let them have a buffet feast.

Well that's what I would do. Separate the shrimp with breeding box or divider then buy guppies and let them have it at.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:22 AM   #11
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Another tip: Fold a paper towel in half a couple times and them wipe them off the glass each time you see a swarm. Helps cut down their population pretty quickly.
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