baby shrimp?

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  1. billielewis3

    billielewis3 Gigas Clam

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    on a daily basis, i see tiny, clear, 2-4 mm shrimp. i only have one cleaner shrimp in the tank. do they not need 2 to reproduce? or are they coming from some where else that i dont know about? they make it around the tank a few times stuck in the water colum untill the power heads eat them...
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  3. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    They are Amphipods or Copepods.
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  4. billielewis3

    billielewis3 Gigas Clam

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    any way to get rid of them? or should i not be concerned with them? where do they come from?
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    chaoticdefault Astrea Snail

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    Pods are awesome, don't worry about them!
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    rayjay Gigas Clam

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    If they look like baby shrimp then I'd bet they are mysid shrimp.
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    Grab a turkey baster, suck them up and mail them to me! Thanks!
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  9. Mr. Bill

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    Darn, you beat me to that one! lol

    Pods are herbivore/detritivores. Excellent part of your CuC, and a sign of a healthy tank. :)
  10. billielewis3

    billielewis3 Gigas Clam

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    haha well thats good that my tank is healthly. i just thought that it would be bad for them cus they get eaten alive, cant hold on to the rocks so the get whirled around the tank non-stop, and / or get puree'd (spelling?) by my power heads. there is a lot of them, ill see about a dozen a week get eaten/killed, and they keep coming..?
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    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    Then you have hundreds- if not thousands staying under/behind the rocks where you can't see them. :)
  12. NanaReefer

    NanaReefer Fu Manchu Lion Fish

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    What kind of flow you got going on in there? :)
  13. Ashevillian

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    i think mysis shrimp.

    Pods usually look more like alien insects than shrimp and you keeping saying small shrimp.
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  15. Ashevillian

    Ashevillian Pajama Cardinal

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    Found some comical but descriptive pics for ya here... #1 is mysis shrimp #2 is amphipod. Which looks more like what you're seeing in your tank?

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  16. billielewis3

    billielewis3 Gigas Clam

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    number 1, they are definatly white/clear, no brown color to them at all.
  17. Ashevillian

    Ashevillian Pajama Cardinal

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    well amphipods are also mostly clear but they usually have brown stripes on their legs and have a line of black poop running through their bodies lol
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    billielewis3 Gigas Clam

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    maxijet 1200
    magnum 5
    magnum 6
    return pump

    55-60x turn over rate.