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Copepods

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I set up a new 5g tank recently after a long hiatus from tanks. It currently houses some plants (cabomba and moneywort), snails, 4 cherry and 2 ghost shrimp, some brown algae.... and a butt-load of copepods!

I don't mind them being there.. in fact, I think it's really neat! I've watched a shrimp trying to catch one, and I love that there is live prey in there. There are at least two species, but I have to bring a water sample into my lab and check it out under the microscope.

My question is, where did they come from? I haven't found much information on zooplankton in freshwater tanks.

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the ghost shrimp will eat your cherry shrimp...
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thank you, but that wasn't my question

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Probably from the water source, careful not to drink it. You might have copepods living in your body right now!!!!!

Haha, j/k. I'm guessing that they hitch hiked from the plant and used substrate/hardscape/equipments or maybe even the shrimps/snails them selves.

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I actually have been wondering if it's the water source. That's scary, not because of copepods, but because if copepods are getting through so are smaller things like bacteria, etc.
I'm going to bring some tap water to check under the microscope, too.
Thanks for your thoughts!

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Copepods are sometimes found in the public mains water supply, especially systems where the water is not filtered,[6] such as New York City, Boston, Massachusetts, and San Francisco

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