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Intruders in plants

Hello all, im new to this site so I hope ive posted this in the correct place.

I have a 'Shrimp only' tank and it has an increasing population of what i believe to be Seed Shrimp and some sort of small copepods.

I want to set up another tank for these shrimp and the established plants (java moss, riccia sp. etc) but id like to get rid of all the other creatures that plague the tank.

Is there any reccommended way i can do this without harming the shrimp? In particular i want to clean the plants as this is where most of them hide, and there are now alot.
I definitely dont want to do a bleach-dip, but can i soak the plants in salt water or RO water to kill of the invaders, and if so, how long for?
Any help would be much appreciated.

many thanks
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An abundance of copepods usually indicates an excessive amount of food in the water. Perhaps cutting back on your feeding will remedy the problem.

However, you can always take your plants up and give them a shake (in a bucket of clean water). That will likely dislodge the majority of the copepods.

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A few fry in the tank for a week would help get rid of the copepods.
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Start by doing a large water change. Like 90%, while water is low, shake plants in another bucket. Could do a potassium permanganate dip if you want to be sure. I dip in high concentration of excel would do it too. Just rinse and put back in.

From then on, feed less. 1 time every 2 to 3 days or less for a few weeks to cut them back.
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Cheers all, thats a few good tips to consider.
i never knew about the potassium permangenate before either but i think ill have to get hold of some if the fry dont eat too many.
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forgot to ask, what is the Excel you mentioned by over_stocked?

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