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need to know what pest is in my shrimp tank

I looked at one of my shrimp tank. I see like white looking like ticks jumping around the gravel in my tank. It really reallly small have to look very hard to see it. Anyone have any idea what is it and is it harmful for shrimp if yes do i have to break the tank down? Any help will be great.

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They are harmless and if you don't have any fish in the tank then it's hard to get rid of them. I forget what they are called?

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I have those in my shrimp tank as well. No idea where they came from, but I've read that fish will eat them.. otherwise they're not harmful. Just curious, what kind of substrate are you using? Mine's a dirted tank, I'm wondering if that has to do with it.
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I guess they are most like harmless since they are so small. I see them moving around the gravel and sometimes hopping around going in out the gravel. They also don't look like planaria or hydra so think I'm ok.

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May be copepods and no they are not harmful. The one below is next to a hornwort needle:


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copepods or daphnia. I had some, then got hydra showed up which ate the daphnia, then got spixi snails to eat the hydra.

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need to know what pest is in my shrimp tank

hehe I love the way we just put something else in our tanks to eat the previous pest and so on, keeps this hobby forever interesting


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If its unidentified you probably want to get rid of it does look like a pest to me copepods arent really pests though!you dont want it to further contaminate.
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looks like copepod do they jump around? And is smaller then my eco complete sand.

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need to know what pest is in my shrimp tank

Seed shrimp I have them too in one of my tanks came in on someone's plants


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looks like copepod do they jump around? And is smaller then my eco complete sand.
They typically are smaller than a grain of sand.

Copepods are very energetic and can move very fast - as if running away from something. When going from one sand grain to the next, they may appear as jumping around.
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much smaller than a copepod . copepods are small as baby brine shrimp
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much smaller than a copepod . copepods are small as baby brine shrimp
Copepods are typically 1 to 2 mm.

A grain of sand is no larger than 2 mm.
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need to know what pest is in my shrimp tank

Without an ID we can't really say.

The possibilities are all listed here. If you can see them on the substrate moving in circles, they're seed shrimp.

Erratic jumping on the glass/substrate? Copepods.

I'd rule Daphnea out

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