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Seed Shrimp - Good or Bad Water Quality?

Hi guys, just discovered I have them and alot of them! I hate them. I dont want any bugs in my tank. I dont have any fish or shrimp. Just a heavily planted 45 gal tank. They seem to have 2 antenna in the front. From google search, they are Seed Shrimp, Ostracoda. PEople say its due to good water quality. Im questioning that. I have alot of crud on my gravel and though I siphon it every weekend it comes back. Ive been uprooting, snipping and replanting alot the past few weeks. Which has prolly over turned gravel alot.

So I want to know if these guys eat plants, because I think I read that somewhere and will co2 over dose kill them. I dont think so but I dont know much about them. They have a hard shell and resist toxins. I heard high ppm of po4 or no3 can kill them as well. This week I wont be home, so they can increase their pop as I wont be able to dose my tank.

How the heck did they make it to my tank? Ive not introduced any plants or fish in months.

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I was under the impression that seed shrimp indicate a thriving ecosystem, but if you want to zap em you can either use hyrdrogen peroxide or algaefix. I'm pretty sure that either or both will kill all inverts

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I was under the impression that seed shrimp indicate a thriving ecosystem, but if you want to zap em you can either use hyrdrogen peroxide or algaefix. I'm pretty sure that either or both will kill all inverts
Perfect, I have both.

If they do indicate good conditions, then its good. But I have lots of gsa in my tank, so their efforts are not acknowledged by me

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These do not harm your tank, so if you leave them in, nothing bad happens. Merely part of an average days microfauna.

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I wouldn't worry about them. I had them in my 29g for about a month. I think they were all eaten by my betta. He was always chasing them around the substrate.
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I get them in my guppy tank from time to time. They build up to some level and then the guppies realize that they're there and eat nearly all of them so I don't see them again for awhile.
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Thanks guys. I shouldnt be worried then Never seen anything like it before.

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