0.4.23 vs 0.6.0 peer connection management

Hello,
I recently migrated my ipfs node from 0.4.23 to 0.6.0 and notice a difference in the peer connections management.
My setup is the following:
I’ve a bootstrap node (in 0.4.23) started with a private swarm key.
I create two extra ipfs node configured to bootstrap on the previous node with the same private swarm key.
When the two extra ipfs node were in 0.4.23, I could see by executing ipfs swarm peers command that after a while, both nodes get connected to each other.
With 0.6.0, the nodes doesn’t get connected. However, if I do a ipfs dht findpeer with the peerID of the second node, the peer is found and they get connected together.
The issue for me is that I use the output of ipfs swarm peers to discover the nodes on my private network. It sounds like an acceptable way of implementing discovery to me as my network will keep a ‘low’ number of peers ( < HighWater value in configuration file). Obviously, if connections are not automatically done anymore between peers of a given swarm, it’ll not work anymore. Do I have to implement a proper dht crawler ?
Thanks for your help