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Old 04-20-2013, 12:01 AM   #1
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strange crustacean in my shrimp tank (not seed shrimp)


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I found this odd looking crustacean in my shrimp tank. I thought he is a seed shrimp at first but after i caught him and googled. It doesn't seem that way. He is about the size of a seed shrimp, it swims, and runs across the substrate extremely fast. He makes me think of an adult BBS, but less fluffy.

he is actually pretty interesting looking. I would like to keep him if he is not harmful to my shrimps =<...

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Old 04-20-2013, 12:20 AM   #2
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its a scud, they are harmless to shrimp but they will chow down on your moss, if you have any. I remove them whenever i see them in my shrimp tank, just because I don't want them eating my moss
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:35 AM   #3
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Yep, definitely a scud. If you have any fish you just found a fun snack for them to chase. They are just another lowly scavenger crustacean that feeds on small matter.

They despise light for the most part.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:30 AM   #4
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And once you have them, they will never go away. lol. Like aquarium herpes.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:32 AM   #5
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+1 on scuds. Careful they eat moss.
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ahh, thanks guys. Not sure where he came from. he is the only one i can see. i have lots of moss in that tank soooo i guess he's going to be betta dinner, lol.

thanks for the help =D!
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:43 AM   #7
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dang, I noticed a few of these in my 12g long crs tank... with a few ss pieces with fissidens and mini xmas moss on them. this blows!!!
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:37 AM   #8
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Default strange crustacean in my shrimp tank (not seed shrimp)

Tons of scuds: no problems with my moss. Think that's one of those old saws that gets trotted out from time to time. Difficult to get rid of but an awesome addition to an aquarium ecosystem.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:51 PM   #9
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I had a fairly large scud population that was taken care of by a school of black neon tetras.

A betta would do a great job of nomming on them, as well, or a gourami or other predatory fish.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:25 AM   #10
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pea puffer is one of the more efficient hunters for those guys, love watching them hunt em.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:56 AM   #11
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I don't think they are safe with shrimps. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=78015
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:17 AM   #12
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they will attack shrimp even adults always keep a turkey baster near by,

ive witnessed several attacks from babys,juvies, even adults to where they shrimp was jolting around tryin to get it off with no success till the turkey baster came out, they likely came in on one of your plants. there worse than duckweed . . .
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Yeah I'm in the process of setting up a tank to hold my shrimps while I try to eradicate the scuds. introducing fish or Co2
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:24 PM   #14
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Yeah I'm in the process of setting up a tank to hold my shrimps while I try to eradicate the scuds. introducing fish or Co2

I had scuds in a 30 gallon planted tank (nothing else) which I did not want to kill , either way while learning about CO2 I killed them
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I saw some of these in my tank before, I think my scarlet badis badis have been eating them. They never bothered my shrimp, I actually thought they were shrimplets at first, lol.
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