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Exclamation something is in my soil

My aquarium is sitting dry on my desk with some amazonia as I've been accumulating pieces for my tank setup. A couple of weeks ago, I added some dragon stones. I noticed a tiny whitish insect or something crawl into the soil. It almost looked like a baby shrimp, not like a worm or along those lines.

Wondering what I should do... do I need to remove the soil and sanitize the rocks before filling it?
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ps- I scrubbed the rocks under running water with a scrub brush to remove dirt and debris. Should I do more to clean them?
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Those might be copepods. Completely harmfulness


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A dry tank should not have anything that will live under water and be a problem. I would fill the tank and start cycling that substrate. That will probably kill whatever land animals (6 legged or otherwise) might be living in the empty tank.
I would not bother doing more to the stones, just scrubbing off the obvious dirt is usually enough. If they came from a wet location you could sterilize them, but just letting them dry out might be enough.
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Thank you Diana & jkan for the replies. The rocks came from my LFS, so I didn't feel I needed to do more with them. It might have been a copepod, it did look very similar.

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I would fill the tank and start cycling that substrate. That will probably kill whatever land animals (6 legged or otherwise) might be living in the empty tank.
Almost ready to do that... just waiting for a few more pieces. Waiting is so hard! lol
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It's been about a month or so since I've planted & flooded the aquarium.

Guess who made an appearance today...

http://tinypic.com/r/2hgxq36/6


Sorry for the poor video quality... hard to keep him in focus. He was having a great time swimming laps around the perimeter of the tank.


Here he's swimming in front of the rocks, maybe easier to see? (please ignore my husband at the end... he was watching a game. No, he doesn't usually sound like that : )

http://tinypic.com/r/2qswdg8/6

I'm pretty sure he came with the okho rocks, and can live obviously in dry or wet conditions.



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update: I think it's a scud.

Is that harmful to keep in my tank, or if one of the fish should eat it?



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Hard to tell for certain, but looks very much like an amphipod, aka a scud. A quick google search on 'em should give you some images to check against to be certain.

Harmless, but most folks dislike 'em. Pretty much impossible to kill off once they've got a good population going, though most fish will happily munch on them given a chance.

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I'd say he is a tiny scud. I've only seen the one... hoping that's all that is in the tank.



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If it's not actively harmful (eating/damaging plants/fish), I generally think it's a good thing to have in the tank. a bit more diversity to the tiny little ecosystem.

and odds are, it will just be a source of snacks for one of the later inhabitants.
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I agree... it's kinda cute swimming around. As long as it doesn't become evasive, and won't hurt my plants or fish, I'll actually root for it's survival.



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