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What the heck is in my tank?

I have a spec V shrimp only tank with beautiful blue dreams. I only have 13 in the tank, so fairly easy to keep track & while I have two saddled, I've yet to see any berried. So, what the heck are these critters enjoying my algae on the glass? They do appear to swim around a bit. I guess they are not what I expected as baby shrimp & having not seen an expectant mom I'm confused! Thanks in advance.
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I have a spec V shrimp only tank with beautiful blue dreams. I only have 13 in the tank, so fairly easy to keep track & while I have two saddled, I've yet to see any berried. So, what the heck are these critters enjoying my algae on the glass? They do appear to swim around a bit. I guess they are not what I expected as baby shrimp & having not seen an expectant mom I'm confused! Thanks in advance.
They are copepods. They should not cause any issues with your shrimp and are part of a thriving little ecosystem. Fish will eat them in a non shrimp only tank.

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So is it best to just leave them, or can I try to clean them out? I'm not super fascinated with their presence but if helpful to the tank I'll leave them. I just really don't want something taking over my pretty desk tank 🙂
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I can tell you that they will be very difficult/impossible to eradicate, they are natural fauna in pretty much all tanks that have not used tissue culture only plants. At least in my experience. You may be able to slow them down by having less food for them, algae and other unicellular stuff. When you gravel vac the aquarium you will get a bunch of them. Also maybe feeding less will also help with slowing them down. The only really good way that I know of is getting fish that will eat them.
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