I wanted to thank everyone for their helpful comments. I am now almost 2 months leech free. If I could do it all again, I would have completely tossed everything out and started over. I lost most of my plants, a few fish and shrimp, and spent hours pulling leeches out and cursing the heavens.
It's been a miserable ride.
After bleaching, salting, antiparasite medicine, and tons of other treatments, work and money it was one of these things that finally wiped them out.
- The Fluval Planted Stratum is awful. After 5 months it completely broke down and now is 50% a solid clay mass, and 50% a swirling dirt cloud that darkens my tank daily. The leeches could no longer dig deep to avoid being eaten.
- I had a outbreak of Ich, I used the Kordon herbal treatment. And the leeches were literally crawling out of the tank. But not until they killed my yoyo loach.
- Because of the Ich, I vacuumed the substrate and did a water change everyday for two weeks. I may have just sucked them out.
- The solid clay brick that is my substrate gets COLD, again keeping the leeches from borrowing and making them targets for my fish.
Whatever the reason, they're gone. Which is nice, but I should have just nuked the tank from the beginning. I did not save any money or heartbreak.
Last edited by Rossfett; 01-10-2015 at 09:33 AM.