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What is this pest?

I found these pests, I am not sure if they are bugs or snails or what. They sort of float then land where they want either on the glass or on a plant. They don't really scuttle or dash, like I have seen water fleas do and I compared to copepod video and I don't think they are that pest either. I know nothing of snails and had hitch hikers (snails) recently that I have been squishing as I seen them. Could this be baby snail?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yEgR...ature=youtu.be

Edit** These move to fast to be snails. Any other ideas? How do I treat this issue?

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I don't know what they are but I bet some fish would eat the heck out of them.
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It's not a baby snail. Heck, it looks like an empty tank with gnats flying around inside... That's a weird pest. My best bet would be something like an ostracod, but it's really hard to say.
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I think they are copepods. There's different variations of it. I have some of these in my tank as well, but I don't really notice/care :P

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hmm, Well I have a male betta and 3 guppys in that tank. It's a 20 gallon and that plant they are on there is a water wisteria in the corner. Not that it makes any difference.

My filming skills are obsolete and I was only trying to get the bugs themselves filmed for reference to my wonders

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You would think that betta would take care of them, try not feeding the fish for 2 days and see if that motivates them to take care of your unwanted critters.
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