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Old 04-21-2012, 09:51 AM   #1
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Refugium question

Have something in my refugium that looks tiny shrimp but more rounded in shape. In my refugium, I have sand, LR, microalgae. Should I do anything about those little critters?
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:56 AM   #2
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The sound like pods..a better description or picture would.be needed to properly ID but for the most part they are great food for you tank and a good part of a CUC
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:05 AM   #3
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Sound like Isopods, I have some in my fuge as well. Just another part of the micro fauna in a saltwater tank. I've never had any problems with them, although I've read that certain types of adults, can be parasitic to fish. Actually latch on like a lamprey and bore a hole. Many fish will eat the smaller ones. Idk if removing them is even possible or necessary, I think the parasitic type are pretty rare, hope this helps and good luck
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There is no livestock in the sump to eat them. So should I put something in the sump to eat them?
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:21 AM   #5
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No you don't have to, they will trickle into the main system, and become food. A refuge reduces nitrates and phosphates, but it's also a great source of live foods, some fish will only eat live copepods.
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