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snailaquarium

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Hi,

I took a load of snails out of the planted aquarium as they were eating the plant, however, the planted aquarium has sea fleas in it, this is from the time I tried to grow sea monkeys, anyway, as they are tiny, they get to stay in there even with 90% water changes, is there anything I can do to get rid of them easily or do I need to do like a 100% water change and thoroughly clean everything?

Also despite having added a fertilizer safe for shrimps to the plant, it isnt looking too healthy, I know people say you can grow plants in non-soil medium like stones or sand, but is it really realistic?

Edit having just looked up sea flea i read they are from 5mm to 1cm, the things i have however are propper tiny, like they could pile up on the top of a needle.
 

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Any chance of a picture and short 30 second video of the fish?
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Hi, there are no fish in the aquarium, the fleas I'm talking about I thought were called sea fleas when I was looking into the sea monkeys. However as I say these are pin dot sized organisms and you can't photograph them. They jump about a few millimetre at a time.
 
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Furthermore rather annoyingly i was growing some short hair grass in another little aquarium and the snails i put in there ate that too!
 

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I need a clear picture of the sea fleas. They won't be anything to worry about and are not from your sea monkeys (brineshrimp). They are probably cyclops (copepods).
 

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I can sympathies with you my two golden mystery snails tore up several of my plants.:mad: I ended up separating them. So far the one I left in my 55 gallon tank has left the plants alone. The other one is in 40 gallon tank I just set up so he is alone in there, no plants or fish-solitary confinement. :D
 
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