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Looks like a scud to me. Some folks say harmless but my experience has been different. I had them in 10 gal. shrimp tank. They multiplied to the point that all I saw swimming in the tank were scuds. They became very aggressive and I saw them attacking and eating shrimp. They also destroyed my Christmas moss. Put some rasboras in there and they helped reduce the population but also feasted on baby shrimp. So I ended up breaking down the tank and starting over. Now scudless and happy. They originally came in on plants from one of the LFS in my area. Bottom line: who needs them? I'd do away with the little pest.
 

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If there are predatory fish in the tank their numbers should be kept under control because they make tasty treats. I used to net them and drop them in my other tank and they never made it to the substrate. Best to not give them a chance to get established. My $.02
 

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Yeah, most fish find them quite tasty. In tanks where they don't go out of control, they can be a beneficial clean up crew for smaller particles.


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Thats for the responses. I ended up adding soda water to the tank and flushed the guy out. He met his demise inside a turkey baster. I am hoping it was just the one guy that hitchhiked in, however I am aware that mindset is probably wishful thinking. I will be doing the soda water treatment again in a few days and see if I can flush any more out of hiding.
 
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