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As the title puts it, I have in my 1.5 month old 10 gal a serious snail problem, planarian worms, cyclops, and hydra. I'm not so concerned about the hydra, but I don't like the planarian worms or the cyclops or the snails. I have a few shrimp in there with a bunch more on the way.

What can I do to get rid of the snails?
I have some scarlet badis in the semi near future coming in, will they eat any planarians/cyclops?

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I just got some scarlet badis to rid my tank of a serious planaria outbreak. They did the trick in a few days. Now I am looking into what to feed them...they only eat live food. For planaria extermination they were excellent!!! Don't know for sure what else they will eat as far as pests go.
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I just got some scarlet badis to rid my tank of a serious planaria outbreak. They did the trick in a few days. Now I am looking into what to feed them...they only eat live food. For planaria extermination they were excellent!!! Don't know for sure what else they will eat as far as pests go.
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Where did you get your badis?

Any thoughts on snails?
 

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Where did you get your badis?

Any thoughts on snails?
I got mine from my LFS.

As far as snails go, I actually like them. I have malaysian trumpet, ramshorn, pond, and some other little guys in most of my tanks. I think they are excellent clean up crews. Most loaches will take care of snails. You could always just use the loaches to clear the tank and then take them out.
 

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An overpopulation of snails is usually indicative of overfeeding. How often and how much do you feed? Keep in mind if you use a fish as a predator to battle the unwanted residents, your shrimp could become part of their meal.
 

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I have not put any food into the tank. I waited until there was enough general algae growth for the shrimp to get along okay. That said they are doing fine, but once I get the rest of the shrimp in, I will of course be feeding them. Four shrimp eat such a small amount and are too difficult to feed specifically that I just haven't bothered.

I'm not getting a fish that will eat the snails, because they would surely eat the shrimp. Scarlet Badis are about 1" long max with small mouths. Only a real threat to planarians, cyclops, blackworms that I intend to feed them, and shrimp babies.

I've started doing about 20 min of snail removal a day so that should help.

The hardest part seems to be locating scarlet badis...:mad:
 

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I lucked out and got two badis...we'll see where that goes.
 
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