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Old 03-28-2005, 02:14 PM   #1
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Isopod Question

I saw one of these in my tank the other night but had no idea it was bad.

I pulled my rock today looking for it. I "think" I saw it in a hole so I stabbed it with a sharp little pocket knife. Whatever I stabbed crunched a little and then sounded like gas was being expelled. Made a screaming noise. And it then moved down furthur in the hole.

Do isopods have a hard external skeleton? It is possible I just stabbed a little brittle rock or who knows what. But I am hoping I managed to get the isopod out before he gets a hold of my clown.
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Old 03-30-2005, 02:31 AM   #2
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Buddy of mine found one in his tank. It was out in the open and we stabbed it with a sugerical knife. They have a VERY hard exoskeleton. So I am fairly sure I got mine also.
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Old 03-30-2005, 03:00 AM   #3
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what in the hey is an isopod? can someone put up a pick in case i may have one. i thought isopods were like copepods or am i confusing isopods with something else spelled similar?
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Old 03-30-2005, 08:33 AM   #4
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Read the isopod FAQ over at WWM. Lot's of pics.
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/isopodfaqs.htm
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wow, i learn something new every day with this hobby..........
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Old 03-30-2005, 05:34 PM   #6
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These things are supposedly pretty rare. A buddy and I both have 5lbs of rock in a 10 gallon. And we BOTH got one of these things. We are 100% sure we killed his and I am pretty sure I got mine.
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I cant beleive you found one in your tank.
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Old 03-31-2005, 12:30 AM   #8
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I saw it one night at about 3am. There was no fish in the tank at the time so it was probably searching for food. I sat there and watched it for a good 30 minutes. It even swam around.

You find about everything when its only a 10 gallon. I bet a lot of guys with large tanks have them and don't even know.
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copepods refers to the generel word "pod" There are many types of "pods" some that are harmless while some that are parasites that can kill fish.

The thing u stabbed made a scraeaming noise? that is no pod, pods cannot make noises.... I believe it may be a mantis shrimp, which is also a threat if you plan on a reef and fish tank. I would remove it ASAP... but i kno for a fact you would not be able to hear a pod "scream"
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sounds crule, but me being a FR guy, i would'nt know

An eye for an eye tbh
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