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Copepod ?

I have had an explosion of copepods in my nano tank that has cpo crayfish in it. Am I remembering correctly that they are conducive to bad water quality? I had an amano shrimp die in there that I can't get out with out ripping the entire tank apart.

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Put some small feeder fish in there. They will eat the copepods and maybe the cpo will eat them

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Yeah checked my water parameters and they were not bad just scared it could go south quick.

I have some killie fry I could throw in there but I am not really worried getting rid of the pods, I think they are kinda cool. Just worried about the correlation of pods and bad water quality.

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I don't anything about copepods in freshwater, but in a marine tank they are generally a sign of good water quality.
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Yeah did a search and looks like that leftover food can cause a population explosion. That make sense since the dead amano and the fact it's pretty tuff to gravel vac this tank.

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Just wait it out. As the food source diminishes so will the population.
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So a weird thing happened with this. This tank has a UG filter (i know) and the airline had gotten pinched by the lid so no air was being pumped in. When I finally noticed and restored everything back to normal the pod disappeared. Water parameters were fine throughout. So what happened? I have 3 guesses.

1. Coincidence food source dried up as filter came back on.

2. Water quality improved although I was testing throughout and everything stayed about the same.

3. My guess. They went into the gravel. With the water not circulating through the gravel maybe it forced the pods into the open. They were hanging out mainly around the top of the aquarium where gas exchange would have been best. I don't really know enough about pods to say this is it but I am going with my gut on this one.

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