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I plan of moving my shrimp to a new tank as well as the substrate and I've been seeing nematodes & planaria in the tank, so will boiling the substrate kill them?
I also plan to get nerite snails to put with the shrimp.
 

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I plan of moving my shrimp to a new tank as well as the substrate and I've been seeing nematodes & planaria in the tank, so will boiling the substrate kill them?
I also plan to get nerite snails to put with the shrimp.
Theoretically yes, but I've done that before only to find a pond snail in my tank months later while I was cycling another tank. So somehow life finds a way to annoy me....lol
 

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Boil or bake should kill whatever is in there. Keep in mind, killing all those things and putting the substrate back in the tank may cause a cycle as all that dead stuff decays.
I'll try using my big net to drain out any dead stuff but I also have some mts in the tank which should eat any dead stuff as well.
Is this inactive substrate you'll be boiling? Hope it is
it's the aquariumplants.com substrate which I think are inactive.
And in a tank without fish, you will always have nematodes and copepods eventually.
I have a couple of ottos in the tank but yeah I'm hoping to try celestrial pearl danios but I'm worried they'd go after the baby shrimp.
 

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CPD's will go after shrimp, I think with the PITA you are going to have, I would just get new substrate.
I've heard CPD will go after shrimp and I've heard they won't, I guess it depends on the fish's personality.
Do you have any fish suggestions aside from ottos and cories?
I've got some extra substrate in the bucket that the stuff came in so I'd probably only need about 60% of the substrate in the tank.
 

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I hate little bugs! There has got to be some other little bug that can eat other bugs and then die off when there isn't enough bugs to eat. I used to use nematodes to eat spider mites in my hydroponic gardens and the would mack all the spider mites then die off. So the question is, is there any benificial bug that could be added to our shrimp tanks that would eat all the little critters that live in our tanks?
 

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I hate little bugs! There has got to be some other little bug that can eat other bugs and then die off when there isn't enough bugs to eat. I used to use nematodes to eat spider mites in my hydroponic gardens and the would mack all the spider mites then die off. So the question is, is there any benificial bug that could be added to our shrimp tanks that would eat all the little critters that live in our tanks?
Small fish like guppies and tetras would eat the nematodes, problem is the fish going after the baby shrimp.
 
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