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Old 01-15-2006, 08:21 AM   #1
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Pods? How can I tell if I have them?

It seems i have some very small critters on the glass of my tank.
I didnt notice them until I put 2 green chromis in the tank.

The critters look like specs on the glass but if you watch close they move around and some are bigger than others.

Are these Pods?
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Old 01-15-2006, 11:13 AM   #2
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Old 01-15-2006, 11:32 AM   #4
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Reall are to small to even show up ... look like specs of dirt on the glass ( I mean tiny, real tiny)

Focused on 1 and watched it move all over until the chromis came by and ate it
so small you cant even make out if they have legs or a tail... just little spec on the glass that move and get eaten hehehe
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These are likely copepods species, amphipods are larger and spend more time on the substrate/rock and look like tiny shrimp.
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Old 01-15-2006, 11:44 AM   #6
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Definitely sounds like copepods. Take a look at the copepod page and click on the Tigger Pods link on the left. Do they look like the specks in the bottle? That page also shows you closeups. A magnifying glass may help you to see some detail.
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Thanks for the input guys after doing some research on the Copepods i think I have Harpacticoid copepods since they are most common and cling to glass and LR

Is it unusual to have these in a month+ old tank
Were they LR hitchhikers?
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