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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-02-2006, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Hydra in the Tank

I am none too pleased. A few days ago, I noticed 4 hydra on the front glass of the 10 gallon. I was able to pick them off with tweezers and a turkey baster. Problem solved, right? No way. Yesterday, I noticed MORE on the same glass (the front). I've been trying to pick them off as bast as I can. How do I get rid of them? What are they caused by? Any other info on this?

They are in my 10 gallon low light, low tech 10 gallon snowball shrimp tank.

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Fish will eat them, if you have something you could toss in there to eat them for a little while that will work


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Hmmmm...I'll have to see who I have that I can toss in there. Thanks!

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Those sphinx snails will also eat hydra. I used them in my shrimp thank since they are to slow to eat my shrimp. If you get to many of them I was told they will eat your plants if they get hungry though.
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Hmmm. Shrimp tank. That's a poser. I had a HUGE outbreak of the little green monsters in my 10 gallon neon/shrimp tank. Looked almost like an algae outbreak there were so many. After some reading I found that Gouramis are supposed to eat them, so I sucked it up and purchased a dwarf flame. The hydras disappeared shortly thereafter. Of course the downside is that I don't have as many shrimp in the tank as I used to either. Fortunately he leaves the adult shrimp alone and there's so much Java Moss in there that at least some of the juvies make it to adulthood.

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I put in a small fish, but he's not doing a very good job. I just so happened to have found 4 or 5 more spixi snails hiding in another tank after selling 30+ of them (I thought I had sold them all). I moved them into the snowball shrimp tank. There are a few more hydra in the tank. also I have a juvie Paradise fish that I could put into the snowball shrimp tank, but I'm trying to get my colony to grow in numbers and don't want it to eat my shrimp.

Do you think a marisa (giant Columbian ramshorn) snail would eat the hydra? What about otos or an ABN?

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