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Offline dakota's dad

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very small shrimp
« on: October 18, 2006, 05:25:37 PM »
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i was looking at my little tank with a flash light about an hour or so after the lights went out last night. i found the usual pods and bristle worms but i also found what look like very small shrimp. i cant tell exactly. they move at a very very fast pace. 5-6 in./sec. when the light hits their eyes they light up. they cant be much more then 3/16". what might they be and are they good, bad, or indifferent  :?:

bristle worms and now this. i am thinking its time to tear down the tank and nuke the contents. just deal with the 75gal. tank for now.
Paul:75gal aga w/ 400 xm 10k, 175 xm 10k & 24" t8 actinic with fish, sps skeletons & a few shrooms. 20 gal w/fish,enemones, lps & softies

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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2006, 11:25:25 AM »
It sounds like pods....which are good. There are all different types of them. The ones in my tank look like little shrimp too.
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2006, 06:42:48 PM »
Hi Paul I too agree with Dashia on this I think you may have described a Amphipod please take a look at the pictures on this website and see if we are right ?? good luck...Jeff

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hi all,


i was looking at my little tank with a flash light about an hour or so after the lights went out last night. i found the usual pods and bristle worms but i also found what look like very small shrimp. i cant tell exactly. they move at a very very fast pace. 5-6 in./sec. when the light hits their eyes they light up. they cant be much more then 3/16". what might they be and are they good, bad, or indifferent  :?:

bristle worms and now this. i am thinking its time to tear down the tank and nuke the contents. just deal with the 75gal. tank for now.
150 gallon LPS reef Set up March 04
75 gallon SPS reef Set up Dec 04
Oceanic sump's #2&3,Mag drive pumps
PFO HORIZONTAL LIGHT, Aqua C skimmers

375 lbs live rock, Clams,lots of fish,SPS softies,Zoos,Anomes,And a few Pistol shrimps! all kinds of stuff

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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2006, 07:03:16 PM »
Amphipods are way bigger than copepods amd a lot more visible too.  They aren't as big as tripods though! :x
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2006, 08:33:34 PM »
they look similar but have a distinct T shaped tail and when i put a light on them their eyes light up like a bike reflector. i also have the little white dots with legs & silver rolly polly looking one that get up to almost 1/2" (no joke) :shock:  :shock:
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2006, 01:01:49 PM »
Rolly polly are definitely Amphipods.  The really small dots with legs are a copepod variety.
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2006, 04:55:06 PM »
ok angel but that dont explain what the shrimp looking ones are. :?   i would try to take a pic but they are to fast.
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2006, 09:01:39 AM »
Here is a picture of a smal and a pretty large amphipod.  Kind of look like shrimps.
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