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I found some of these in my 5.5 Gal. They are very tiny, maybe 1-2 mm. I don't add any fish food, just ferts. Should I leave them alone or bring on Armageddon?
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If you have shrimp then nuke them, if it's just fish then you shouldn't be too worried.
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If you have shrimp then nuke them, if it's just fish then you shouldn't be too worried.
They're pretty fun to watch and photograph. Second on the nuke them from orbit...just to be sure, if you plan on this being a shrimp tank.

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No shrimp in there for now.

It's funny, I didn't intentially add any critters and now there's an assortment of pond snails, MTS, skuds, hydra, worms, and other super tiny bugs swimming around. I literally put no food in there and they manage to survive.
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Get some dog dewormer with fenbendazole. It'll knock out your parasites!
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These are harmless unless it is a shrimp tank or you intend to raise fry (baby fish) in it as they will eat them but they are harmless to adult fish and won't hurt your plants. If you do want to be rid of them I know from having them a kissing gourami will eat them I ended up with none in the tank once he got to work.

EDIT just noticed you have a 5.5 gallon tank, not a 55 don't add the kissing gourami your tank is too small, personally I would keep them if there is no shrimp or fry (or other invertebrates) they will sting them and eat them but given the size of the tank you may want to get rid of them as you can only have small fish anyway so they may be at risk. Here it gives you options on how to deal with them https://www.thespruce.com/combat-aquarium-pest-hydra-1381228

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