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01-24-2013 07:06 PM
abc and by the way, I did a little experiment with the scuds.

I had both a new nerite and a large pond snail in the same tank.

the scuds left the pond snail alone and it thrived

my nerite snail was active at first, then retreated into its shell. I thought it was resting and left it alone for 1 week. when I checked to see it, no snail. only a massive colony of scuds fleeing out of its shell like the mechanical octopi that invaded Zion in the Matrix movie. The shell was empty/hallow inside with the nerite snail eaten to the last piece of flesh...

and of the course, the pond snail was zipping all over my tank without a care in the world...
01-24-2013 07:01 PM
abc my nerite snails get eaten alive by the scuds or other bugs in my tank. Scuds are good scavengers and eat any leftover food and they don't harm my fish or shrimp at all, but they tortured my poor nerite snails until 2 of them RIP.

I personally don't like them in my tank. I wish I could get rid of them but they multiply very fast.
01-22-2013 08:57 PM
dougolasjr I wonder if crayfish would eat scuds. Might be a nice treat.
01-22-2013 08:36 PM
Wy Renegade
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Originally Posted by acitydweller View Post
If you keep 3, they will become a hundred in a few weeks, and a thousands in a few months. I've kept them in earnest as curiosity in breeding all things small got the best of me but in the weeks that followed, I noticed I was giving away 10 packs, then 30 packs, then 50 packs of them away to local hobbyists with no dent on their population. When I cut back the feedings, they turned on my mosses and decimated dozens of golfballs of my prized rare species. I now keep daphnia and pretty mosses
So what were you feeding them?
01-22-2013 12:15 PM
acitydweller If you keep 3, they will become a hundred in a few weeks, and a thousands in a few months. I've kept them in earnest as curiosity in breeding all things small got the best of me but in the weeks that followed, I noticed I was giving away 10 packs, then 30 packs, then 50 packs of them away to local hobbyists with no dent on their population. When I cut back the feedings, they turned on my mosses and decimated dozens of golfballs of my prized rare species. I now keep daphnia and pretty mosses
01-22-2013 06:37 AM
mengyone
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Unfortunately, that's considered a 'tank' if it's up for a week or more... I've tried!

lol!!
01-21-2013 10:33 PM
Betta132 Unfortunately, that's considered a 'tank' if it's up for a week or more... I've tried!
01-21-2013 08:14 PM
Soothing Shrimp psssst- tupperware.
01-21-2013 08:12 PM
Betta132 I would, but Mom says no more tanks of any size. I'll just put that on my list of stuff to do when I move out... Right up there with 'get iguana'
01-21-2013 07:46 PM
Soothing Shrimp You could always culture a colony in a separate container. people sell them for fish food.

30+ scuds sell for over $10 often.
01-21-2013 07:45 PM
Betta132 Alright, no scuds in the tank then. Shame, they're fun to watch.
01-21-2013 07:34 PM
GeToChKn Ya only way I'd want to add wild stuff is if I'm doing a wild tank with shrimp,fish, snails, caught in the same area, as they are probably more adapt to the specific bacteria, etc in that water.
01-21-2013 07:33 PM
MiniFishRoom I have hundreds in each of my tanks and I've never had a problem.
They help clean the bottom of my tanks by eating left over food and dead plants on top of that they are a great natural food source for the fishes.
They're also a sign that you have good water quality.
01-21-2013 07:27 PM
mordalphus They eat moss and could carry disease and parasites. Definitely not good
01-21-2013 07:25 PM
EWTC Freshwater amphipods (scuds) are detritus feeders and should be pretty safe. They will happily feed on anything dead in the tank. They typically need plenty of oxygen which means colder water. Not sure how they will do in a home aquarium. If you try and are successful, please let us know!

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