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What are these creatures? Rcs tank

I have a ten gallon tank filled with Java moss. A small sword. And another taller plant I cannot remember the name. All live plants. Additionally about a dozen live red cherry shrimp. I added the plants from a local pet store. But with it I think I got a few tag alongs. Some different kinds of snails and these smaller crustacean like things. The snails I really don't have a problem with as they seem to ignore the rcs . But these others are very difficult to understand what they are. They are about a quarter inch in size and feed on the bottmamd plantS. They are clear with a thin dark stripe through their bodies they have several legs and or feelers in front and back. Seems to eat algae. And they seem to breed like crazy.
My question is what are they. Will they hurt or affect the rcs and their fry/breeding. And should I be concerned in any other way for anything else?

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Do they look like this?
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The best pictures I can get with my phone currently for the creatures in question.
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They could be limpets. I'm not to sure however with those photos.


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Dead2fall yes I think that's pretty much close to that. I can never see up close enough for that kind of detail but I think might be? Not sure.
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Your pics aren't working for me, but what I posted is a scud.
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Yup they're scuds. Live Fish food.

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Ah the pics work now. Yeap they're scuds.
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If it is a scud do I have anything to worry about?

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Do I have anything to worry about or am I able to use them as live food for other fish etc.? Referring to the scuds
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They could be limpets. I'm not to sure however with those photos.
Not a limpet, they don't get that big and look more like flattened grains of rice.


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They are freshwater amphipods, or scuds, most likely in the genus Hyalella.
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Oh those little guys! I have them in my tank as well. I'm not sure where they came from, but I don't mind. They've never become unsightly, and they leave my cherry shrimp alone. At first I thought they were a little ugly, but they've grown on me. Harmless little friends.

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Scuds are cool. I've really wanted have some but I've read horror stories of them going rampant, eating everything in the aquarium (plants, algae, shrimp, each other), and then I've read stories of people that have had them in their aquarium for years. They do a good job with hair algae and they reproduce so fast I could see them making quick work of a lot of detritus in the aquarium, but I'm still sort of hesitant to buy any. If you decide to keep them in your aquarium, please let me know how it works out and what you figure out. Most of the time these guys are sold as live food so maybe you could take advantage of having a colony on hand?
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