KittenFishMom Posted April 29 Share Posted April 29 I so want to rid my tanks of leeches. Does anyone know a faster better way than I describe below? @Colu, @Biotope Biologist, @nabokovfan87, @Guppysnail, and anyone else who may know about leeches. Last fall before I knew about RR, I set up a Walstad style tank. I didn't have a lot of plants on hand, so I saved a bunch from the lake. I looked them over carefully, but some leeches made it into that 55 gallon tank. I very very carefully set up a second 10 gallon tank with new plants and new substrate. I cleaned the filter with salt and peroxide. Somehow the leeches spread to that tank. I am guessing a bit of plant stuck to a net, or my arm. I then set up 2 new tanks, being even more careful because I was going to move the livestock into those tanks when I took down and cleaned the 2 tanks with leeches. As soon as the cory fry leave, I was going to start those projects. Today, while I was catching cory fry, I found a leech in one of the 2 leech-free tanks. A few days before finding that leech, I moved some extra water lettuce from that tank to the other leech-free tank. I no long think either leech-free tanks are leech-free. I no longer have good a cycled tank to put the livestock and plants in (after RR cleaning) while I rebuild any of the tanks. I have been manually removing every leech I find every evening after lights out, using a flashlight to find them. I am pretty sure they are living off the young ramshorn because of some experiments I have been doing to try to find their food source. All the tanks have lots of ramshorn snails. I am so discouraged. I know it is very hard to get rid of leeches, once they get established. The only thing I know that will do it, is to remove everything and clean the tank, filters and hardscape, scrubbing with a paste of salt and vinegar., then rinsing completely several times, and letting the tank dry to bone dry for several days. Then start over with new substrate, new filter media, plants that made it through RR and livestock you have been watching for and signs of leeches. Of course, first you have to cycle a tank for the livestock, and keep it leech free until all the leeches and eggs are gone. Does anyone know a better way to get tanks to be leech free? I have fish, shrimp, snails, plants, and don't forget leeches. I might try to give away the shrimp. I'm not a fussy person, but I hate the sight of leeches inching across the glass. Carefully picking them out by hand while trying not to let them drop their eggs or young is not showing any sign of slowing the population down. Thank you in advance. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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