What are these???

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How do I get rid of them? They are in my shrimp only tank, at first I could see the odd one or two but now there are hundreds, they are not snails and swim about very fast.





They are very tiny, thats the Fissedens Fontanus moss.

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jay said:
Ewwwww!!! Some sort of mite. Get a fish from another tank and see if it hoovers them up.
Can't do that, fish will hoover up my shrimplets too lol
 

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Tom said:
Are they not little snails?
Nope they swim about very fast, but there are lots of little snails in there too, but these little things I have no idea what they are!
 

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Ed Seeley said:
They're Ostracods Paulo. Otherwise known as seed shrimp. At least they look like it in the photo.
Thanks Ed, also very similar to these :bored: they seem to live well with the shrimp and leave them alone, just worried they will multiply beyond control, what if I had some Ottos, I heard that they are shrimp safe??
 

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I had some in my tank, but they dissapeared... guessin' the fish sorted them out :)
 

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LondonDragon said:
what if I had some Ottos, I heard that they are shrimp safe??
Ottos are shrimp safe, as they are vegetarians. Which also means they will probably not eat the Ostro wotsits either :(
 
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Maybe get a really small fish like an ember tetra or dwarf rasbora just for the time being to see if they sort it out? I'm sure they're shrimp safe.
 

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Ostracod :) Harmless-
I keep Boraras maculatus with RCS and never have observed them attacking the shrimplets.

Regards, Dusko
 
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