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I saw them all over one of the ludwigia just a second ago: Chlorohydra viridissim

They shouldn't be a problem right now but I hope they don't hang around too long. If I ever get any fry, I'm afraid they will get eaten by the hydra. Anyone know how to get rid of them?

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Hi

I had hydra and used the electrocution therapy. Not as bad as it sounds you take copper wire and connect to a nine volt, sends a current through the water. I was able to kill them this way and the fish did not even look bothered at all.

There are places on the net with the info as that is where I got mine. Hydra are very susceptible to electricity more so than fish or plants and this very low current is enough to off them.

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Pretty! Mine were white and boring.
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Use fluke tabs. Will get rid of them in 3 days with no harm to fish or plants.
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ugghhh.... I think I found one in the tank just now. I think it's very young; it was TINY but it swam by curling its tail. Also, I think it was coming up for air. It was hanging out at the surface for a bit, then swam into my plant jungle. Can anyone confirm that its Hydra? Thanks.
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Cich, that I would be worried about. Sounds like a parasite, maybe anchore worm. Hydras float more than anything in water. Anchore worms, if I remember swim by curling up like V and flapping until they reach the surface. I got these when I got some pond plants. I was lucky and the plants were in quarantine.
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Damnit. It did seem to have to work to get below the water surface, but I'll consider irradication options. I guess I can't use Aquari-Sol, since it'd kill my shrimp... If I ever see it again I'll net it ASAP. But aren't anchor worms red though, or can they be green?

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IUnknown, are those the Fluke Tabs made by Aquarium Products? Unless they changed their formulation in the last three years, the one time I used it, it absolutely decimated several of my plant species, particularly the pearl grass. :?:
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