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ID this tiny critter?

I've got some hitchhikers...

They seem to like to cling to the glass/acrylic. When the tank is moved slightly, they lose their grip and swim around like an intoxicated housefly (but smooth movement, unlike my previous experience with daphnia) and then they latch onto another surface.

There are several larger ones (with their little 'arms' visible to the naked eye, they're roughly the size of the body portion of my baby cherry shrimp) but there are more smaller ones than I can count.

What are they?
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I'm no expert but I'd guess freshwater copepods.
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Free fish food! Copepods.
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I agree copepod. Unharmful to fish in small numbers in my experience. But will outnumber and conquer if left alone.
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If that's the case I'm a lucky duck! I've always wanted to culture some tiny critters to use as betta food.

How would I go about promoting the copious breeding of these? Anything special I can do to help them along?
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yup that is a scud
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Uhhh... Seed Shrimp?

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Anything special I can do to help them along?
Feed your tank more often. Like any detrivore (snails, shrimp), they will reproduce more when there is excess food in the tank.
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It is actually some sort of Cladoceran. Looks like some sort of Ceriodaphnia to me.
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some sort lol
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