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cjj 10-06-2012 10:50 AM

Woke up to tiny... rocket shaped creatures?
I didnt notice any last night. They are very small and all over the glass or at least thats where I notice them. Looks like a rocket or a cartoon bomb but too small for me to make out any features other than that they move and swim very very little. Almost 100% white other than the "tail" area which appears to be a little darker in the middle.

I would even go as far as to say they look like little shrimp but these are the size of the very tip of a ball point pen probably even smaller.

So unless shrimp have babies about 1mm or less (im probably not that lucky) I have some infestation already.

SpecGrrl 10-06-2012 12:28 PM

Possibly seed shrimp. Good indicators that your tank params are healthy!

ravensgate 10-06-2012 01:20 PM

Yeah, sounds like seed shrimp. I have tons of them in one of my tanks. Welcome to the world of shrimps. LOL! Fauna like this are honestly to be expected in shrimp only tanks.

rodcuda 10-06-2012 01:21 PM

They do sound like seed shrimp.

mordalphus 10-06-2012 05:27 PM


Dayumdanny 10-06-2012 05:37 PM

I have kind of the similar thing they look like very very tiny shrimp as tiny as my sand speckle or the tip of a lead pencil and they dart really fast! Is this natural?

cjj 10-06-2012 11:29 PM

it looks like a small shrimp not the seed shrimp. Imagine a 1mm or smaller glass shrimp

SpecGrrl 10-06-2012 11:38 PM

Scuds perhaps?

Very good fish food!

ValMM 10-07-2012 12:01 AM

They might be cyclops(copepods), they are good critters. I have some and my ghost shrimp like to eat them. Baby shrimp like to hunt them for food too.

zdnet 10-09-2012 01:30 AM

May be a copepod...

auban 10-09-2012 07:45 AM

sounds like a copepod to me.

cjj 10-10-2012 04:32 AM


Originally Posted by zdnet (Post 2037105)

Nah that tail is way too wip like but im not seeing them on the glass as often either they ventured into the tank or were eaten. Whatever it is I hope its a sign of good parameters as I have anywhere from 3-5 berried atm.

ValMM 10-10-2012 04:59 AM


Originally Posted by cjj (Post 2038459)
Nah that tail is way too wip like

When the females become pregnant, they get 2 oval-shaped egg sacs that are attached to the base of the tail. One on each side of the body. That may be why the ones in your tank look "rocket shaped" to you.

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