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Little White Orbs (Microscope Pics)

Hi, I have a small CRS tank that has been infested with these little white circular things swimming around. They are about size of a grain of salt. I was able to capture one and put it under a microscope then took some pics. Can someone identify it and advise if there is any way to get rid of them? I tried putting tetras in but they just spit them out if they catch one. Thanks!
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I tried putting tetras in but they just spit them out if they catch one. Thanks!
seed shrimp, ostracod?

my fish spit em out too, contemplating what to do

ive siphoned a bunch out as they like to congregate in low flow areas

im thinking about adding a powerhead to blast these little bastards around

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youre probably overfeeding. if thats not the issue I bet some assasin snails would help.
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youre probably overfeeding.
i dont think thats 100% of the reason

these developed in a tank i had running for 3 months with no fish and no feeding

mgopm substrate

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thats interesting, some kind of terrestrial larvae perhaps?
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Definitely a seed shrimp:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostracod
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So anyone with some tips on elimination or population control?

I'm coming to the conclusion I need more flow in this tank for other reasons, maybe this will help? I already can tell they don't like current

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I see fish eat em..especially bettas..
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