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My nano has lice! (copod or seed shrimp?)

I'm seeing little white creatures in my (currently) shrimp tank. Tank has been running about 4 weeks now just added 4 RCS from my home tank this week. Today I noticed the little moving spots. I am not concerned just wanted help identifying. I planted this tank with cuttings from home as well as some new crypt parva I found at the grocery store. The plants have been in for weeks but the little buggers where just noticeable today. I've never seen them in my home tank but then I have white pool filter sand and hungry Endlers and CPD's . Could these have come from home tank with the shrimp? Or hatched from the grocery store plants, it would be a pretty long gestation period.

I have been dosing flourish and just this week a tiny sprinkle of CSM+B from my home EI ferts. Also added a new/better light last week. I think those are the only recent changes.

I've been debating adding fish but it could be a while as I don't have much selection locally and I kinda want something different than I keep at home if I do add fish.

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doesn't look like anything to worry about, you have to remember that shrimp tanks are prone to little tiny creatures since there generally isn't a big number of fish to eat them all up in a shrimp tank. they are natural and will not harm the shrimp. if you start seeing thick worms with triangle heads then you might should worry, but those tiny dots look like harmless copepods.

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They are hanging out on the back wall either sitting still, I haven't seen them really jumping around mostly just kind of crawl. I saw some in the substrate also, don't seem to be bothered by light.
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I always thought it was a sign of a healthy tank? I know a lot of crustaceans especially the small ones cannot handle pollutants.


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I always thought it was a sign of a healthy tank? I know a lot of crustaceans especially the small ones cannot handle pollutants.
+1 they are natural

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