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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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What is this?

This is a teeny tiny "beetle" looking critter in my planted 10g tank. It scurries in and out the of the gravel. I finally got a pic of one from the water I took after a change. It's about the size of a sesame seed.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 05:43 PM
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OT: Just curious, what breed do you run in Agility? Our GSP club is trying to get sanctioning separate from the parent club.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 09:02 PM
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Hard to tell, but I THINK it's a "seed shrimp", or Ostracoda. If so, it can actually be beneficial by eating all the yuckies in your tank. I'll research and let you know what I find. If it is a seed shrimp, I've never seen that color before.
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Sorry for linking out, but this looks similar to what you have there.

http://cfb.unh.edu/cfbkey/html/Organ...02_600x600.jpg
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry for linking out, but this looks similar to what you have there.

http://cfb.unh.edu/cfbkey/html/Organ...02_600x600.jpg

Yes, I think that's it. Thanks for solving the mystery.

It sounds like they can be quite difficult to get rid of.

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They CAN be, but I don't think you really need to try to get rid of it. They can actually be really good for the tank because they clean throughout the substrate. Ultimately though, Your tank, Your choice.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-09-2013, 09:51 PM
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I would love to have tiny micro-crustaceans living in my planted tanks, both for waste-disposal and fish snacks! XD
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-10-2013, 11:34 AM
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They may not be micro but my betta loves snails. even the ones that are the size of dimes. He must have a thing against pond and ramshorn since he has to bother my malaysian trumpets

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