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How can i get rid of Hydra?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by starrystarstarr, Mar 28, 2007.

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    I have some in my cherry shrimp tank and its making me crazy. Noticed the hydra after a blow up of cyclop population. Ive been doing 20-30% water changes every other day and feeding my shrimp once every 3 days. I just want the f*3^ing hydra gone!!
     
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    Try extensove gravel cleaning daily with 20% water changes for next 2-3 weeks...
     
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    salt is useful for the erradication of hydra at 0.3-0.5 % for five days. you'd have to remove the shrimp temporarily of course.
     
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    I removed the shrimp to a qt 10g tank. Have risen the temp temp 100+ degrees and added some salt >;D I'll keep it like that for a few days and of course do tons of water changes. GRRRR so upset over the whole thing. Thank you all for your imput.
     
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    I have the same problem...what exactly are the problem w/ the hydra being in the tank?...Ive read that they (certain species) can eat small fish and inverts, but the ones in my tank are 2mm at the most. I have 100's of cherry shrimp and dont seem to be missing any...lol....but what is the real problem with them if they arent bothering anything?
     
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    actually nothing. ;)
     
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    Ive read that they can eat baby shrimp, didn't want to take that chance. And they can have a nasty sting to small animals. I just don't want a crazy amount of them in my tank. heres a link with some info about them.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_(genus)
     
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    What does that work out to in specific gravity do you know? I have hydra in my brackish tank and its thriving.
     
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    I put in tons of salt and turned up the heat for about 3 days. Doing water changes (about 99%) twice a day for the first 3 days. Now i'm just doing water changes to get rid of left over salt and have every thing nice and clean. In a week my shrimp will be back in their home.
     
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    lol i had hydra twice in two tanks both wile they where cycling i simply let them die im cycling a ten gallon and a 5 gallon we will see if they get them...

    do they need light?
     

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