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Old 04-27-2005, 12:49 PM   #1
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ID something in tank after lights out

Sorry I don't have a pic but I'll try to describe it well...

It was about 1/4" long by 1/8" wide. Looked like a hard shell on top with a bunch of legs under. The best description I can think of is it look a lot like those "rolie polie" bugs you find outside under rocks etc - the ones that curl up into a ball to protect themselves. It was a transparent/tan color and walked slowly but occasionally would dart super fast ahead several inches.

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Sounds like a copepod or amphipod.
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Good guy.
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Really? Cool, I was wondering how the heck I was going to catch him if he was no good!

Thanks guys!
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Oh sorry. yes very good guy. and you have many more than just 1 no doubt.
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i'm a FW person myself, but I was reading anyway, and would like to know why they're good.

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They are busy little guys who help with cleaning your system. They feed on bacteria and detrius.
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They also serve as a food for many saltwater fish. Its one of the best natural food sources in a tank.
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