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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-22-2020, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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Stressed snails

Hello Everyone! I have a bit of a problem with some ostracods - copepods. I've read several times that they are a good sign of water quality, however they are bothering my poor black racer Nerites to death! I have had this tank set up for 3 months now and everyone was fine until this outbreak came out of nowhere. I thought they were harmless so I let everyone be. my cherry shrimp is fine, however since the outbreak I keep seeing my snails closed up on the gravel with the little buggers all over them. I also see them running all over the snails flesh not just the shell and I saw when one racer closed up they got stuck in the shell with the snail.

So far I've increased lighting duration to 10 hour straight: maybe the newcomers are simply outpacing the snails for food (the glass and plants are very clean)
I've added 5 neon tetras, they'll bully/eat any bug floating but they are pretty blind to the ones in the gravel
I added a boiled green bean for the snails to eat but they just ran away from it, the bugs swarmed the hell out of it though

I don't know what else to do here, anyone got advice?
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I don't have advice for the species you mention. However, I don't think increasing lighting is ever a problem-solving move, unless everything else is good.

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What size tank? Also take lights back to previous time or u will suffer algae outbreak once the little critters are under control. They are annoying but feast on algae.

Do u have room for so e more small fish, as noted neons aren't great for that. CPDs embers dwarf rasboras are better for cleaning up tiny critters in my experience.


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