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Hey Guys, I've had a sulawesi tank setup for about a month now. I had to go away for a memorial/funeral this past weekend, and when I got back I noticed a single hydra hanging out on a rock. I removed the rock, and didn't see any other critters. This afternoon I came home from work to find the sides of the tank nearly covered in hydra (OK, maybe not covered, but every wall has them spaced a couple inches apart). I've had them in my endler tank last year and the problem cleared up all on its own.

Right now I've got several Sulawesi Rabbit Snails and the cardinal shrimp. There's some lace-leaf java fern (the rabbit snails love to eat it), and the substrate is a mix of sand/rock. I don't really feed the shrimp, they've seemed pretty happy just eating algae and picking at some java moss.

I'm really concerned about loosing the shrimp. I've done a quick search in the forums, and found this post (http://plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=178754&highlight=hydra) but I'm worried about hurting the shrimp/snails. Should I simply put the snails in another tank while I treat the shrimp, and if so, does anyone have any suggestions on how long to wait after treatment/water changes to put the snails back?

Current Parameters:
  • Temp: ~81 F
  • Ammonia: 0
  • Nitrite: 0
  • Nitrate: 0
  • Ph: 8
 

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@Soothing Shrimp I'm pretty new around here, are you referring to Panacure/fenbendazole?

@reefdive Thanks for the advice, I assumed the endlers ate them, but was hesitant since my cardinals are still less than an inch.

For now I'll give the natural cure a shot. I'm setting up a small quarantine tank, where I'll drop the shrimp while I let the endlers have at the hydra.
 

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@randyl Do you have any suggestions around how long to wait after treatement/water changes before I'd want to reintroduce my rabbit snails if I went the fenbendazole route?

EDIT: I'm guessing I could just try reintroducing a couple of pond snails before I try the rabbit snails.
 
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