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leeches

well i noticed one in my tank couple months ago... took it out and put it in a bowl of water for pictures later. later... go back to check, it's gone O_O it must have crawled out and wandered around.
well yesterday while adding bioballs to my diy canister filter, i found 2 more. i smashed one and kept the other one in a plastic container WITH A LID. well now i know its a leech i want to kill any others because i think they're the reason for my yellow shrimps declining numbers.
after googling a bunch of stuff it seems only the following choices are available: clout, fluke tabs, salt dips, and total annihilation. none of them except the last one worked very efficiently. can i dose prazi pro? i really want to get rid of these buggers... they better not touch my crs >:O
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Like real leaches? The big brown ones?


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they have a stationary ass and a probing head... same color too.
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I think I got a leech from feeding black worms to my fish. I'm hoping to someday get him with a turkey baster but he's been hiding ever since I started leaving the baster by the tank.

I'm curious, if you avoid feeding live worms can you avoid leeches all together?
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it minimizes the chance, you can get leeches from fish or new plants.
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Good luck eliminating them. Don't think you have just one. I used to have them, but haven't seen any in ages...around the same time I put assassin snails in the tank. Coincidence? Not sure...

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Good luck eliminating them. Don't think you have just one. I used to have them, but haven't seen any in ages...around the same time I put assassin snails in the tank. Coincidence? Not sure...
I actually put an assassin snail in two weeks ago which is around the last time I saw the leech.
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I just found one in my tank. *shudder* My giant betta was chasing it all over the place. I ended up breaking my whole tank down in an effort to catch it (couldn't tell what it was when he was chasing it). Now the substrate is spread out and drying in the yard and the fish and plants are all in various tubs and vases . . .


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are leeches really that bad in a tank... i have never seen one (in a tank/real life) i dont think we have them here only in the tropical north of Oz. But can they really kill stuff in a tank?


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I have no idea. I didn't know what it was until I got it out, and that pretty much required me to tear my entire tank down. I just found another one hiding in the plants. GROSS GROSS GROSS!!!


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I actually put an assassin snail in two weeks ago which is around the last time I saw the leech.
Almost 3 weeks later and still no sign of the leech. I think its been around 2 months since I got the Assassin snail so I'm giving him the credit for this.
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I say keep them around. The fish will tear them up
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