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Old 03-28-2008, 12:32 AM   #1
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I just recently realized when shining a flashlight on my tank (trying to find a fish in crevices...yeah idk) that I have a lot of amphipods. Apparently it is a good thing for the most part. But I read that if you see your fish shaking and shuttering that the amphipods may be causing your fish discomfort. Ofcourse right when I look at my tank thats exactly what my one fish is doing. Am I overreacting or do I need to do something about it?

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Never heard of that about amphipods. Just curious where you read that?

Have you tested for ammonia or nitrites to rule out your water parameters?
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Ive never heard that about amphipods either. I'd like to read that as well.
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Are you talking about isopods?
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:27 AM   #5
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read it here:

Those Little White Bugs In Your Saltwater Aquarium Profiled - Classification Information and Facts About Copepods and Amphipods
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Thanks for the link. I've never heard of that being a problem. Normally, once you put fish in a tank, it seems like folks are trying everything to keep their pod population up! I know I had tons in the beginning, but once I started stocking their population pretty much plummeted!

If your fish are acting abnormal, I'd look toward water parameters first. Is everything testing OK?
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Is it a damsel that is acting funny. what exactly is it doing?
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Wow, definitely thanks for that link! It does say once they get bigger, they will move off the fish and find a place in the substrate or LR.
I agree, what is the damsel doing? Some fish will shimmy or shake for breeding purposes.
Definitely get us some water readings.
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Hmmm...that is interesting. I would expect this in a very very mature tank that has no fish in it that eat pods.

Thanks for the information though!
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I'll take all your spare pods for my mandarin. And I have a lot of pods in my tank.
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