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Question What insect is this? Unidentified swarming bugs on my substrate!

Hello guys and gals.

I have a problem. A rather annoying one. These little bugs in groups are swimming all over in and out of my sub in one of my tanks.. They were in small numbers before.. but it looks like it's population has taken off the roof to the point it is making a mess of my tank look cloudy because of all the broken down aquasoil.


Are they ostracods seed shrimp?? They don't appear to look and behave like seed shrimp with their shell variations and etc.. They look like a really small size insects with one large dot dot inside their bodies or something. They look like perfect live treats for baby fish.. Are they some sort of live culture that hitch hiked from aquarium plants? I don't recall getting any plants as of late for the tank at all.. Eh iunno.

What do you guys think?

And how do I eradicate them? Siphon them out? Meds? Keep them in a separate container to culture them for baby fish I might have one day??



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Could be scuds but neve r seen them that many and small before. If u have co2 u can take the fish amd shrimps out and over dose the tank to create a ph swing to kill everything. Plants shouldnt be harmed but u might get a mini cycle period

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Hi Awol,

I'm sure they are not scuds actually.. I have some in one of my daphnia culture tanks and they don't look like them at all.

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I can't tell anything from the pic, but they may be copepod.
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Mm nope they don't look like copepods to me..

Okay, here is a closer look. They are oval shaped.




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Oval shaped sounds like seed shrimp.

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Yeah I thought so too at first, but I looked closely at them, and their carapace doesn't resemble that of a seed shrimp and they don't have two antennae.. Maybe I have a different species?

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Look up "seed shrimp trap" and if that is what they are, you may have luck getting rid of them.

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Copper is deadly to a lot of invertebrates. If you don't have any shrimp, snails or other inverts that you care about in your tank you can try treating the tank with a copper solution to kill them. Follow up with at least a few large water changes after to get rid of the copper. I know at least some fish meds have copper but sorry, I don't remember which one(s).
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Thanks a lot for the responses guys, I really appreciate it.

I actually have some shrimps in there along with some snails.. So I can't do copper.. I think I might as well do a substrate change, and at the same time take them along with it for a new substrate in order to attempt to reduce their numbers by a lot.. Might cause a mini-cycle.. ugh. I will have to put the tank inhabitants in a different tank.. The broken down aquasoil is such a mess, honestly.. I regret getting it although it did help my plants in the past..

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