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post #1 of 11 Old 08-20-2009, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Mystery Critters in Blue Shrimp Tank

While looking at the blue shrimp last night we notice some odd excrutiatingly small white cirtters moving around the tank, and a few stationary white sacs. The sacs we determined by some research are Assasin Snail eggs...can't wait for that hatch! If someone thinks they're something else please let me know.....


But the other small critters were bopping around on the driftwood. The only new addition to the tank lately has been the assasin snails so we are at a loss to identify the mystery blobs. The photos below (links) show a long shot of the tank and driftwood, then I cropped a close up of the spot where the egg sacs and mystery critters were. Can anyone identify what these things are? We considered they may be juvenile shrimp but I've never seen anything like this and they don't look like the other juvenile shrimp bebopping around the tank. We don't want to disturb the tank as it's been a very good environment and the shrimp have been breeding like, well rabbits.

The shrimp in the picture is a juvenile and there is java grass in the picture as well, hope that gives everyone scale.

Any help is appreciated!
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-20-2009, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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never mind.....figured it out....thank you anyway.......



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well please share!!! what did it turn out to be??? im anxious to find out myself.
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-21-2009, 12:44 AM
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It looked like pond snails or something? It's hard to tell. Where did you get assasin snails? That's wicked, I've always wanted some myself.

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This Aquariangel's other half......We found out after a little bit of research that we believe them to be some type of copepod......Everything i have read says they are harmless and a sign of good water quality........The assassin snails were purchased from a member of Aquabid.......It was a little bit of a suprise to see their eggs, because we have only had them in with the shrimp for less than a month, but hopefully we have a decent number of them in a few months
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-21-2009, 02:30 PM
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Just keep them away from other snails my friend, They will eat them!
Oh yeah the shrimp look awesome!!

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Just keep them away from other snails my friend, They will eat them!
Oh yeah the shrimp look awesome!!

Oh! No, the brigs are in totally differnt tanks! No, no, no...i love those brigs! but thanks anyway...we got the assasins to do some damage control of rams in the blue shrimp tank...

thanks, i took more today of them swarming the cucumber i put in....i'll add to album soon.



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post #9 of 11 Old 08-21-2009, 04:59 PM
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I have apple snails, (Pomacea bridgesii) They are fun to watch, I started with two an Ivory and a red yellow. Now I have I couple dozen! I want to see how big they grow.

Tell your other half to check his pm, and if you want I can bring some of the baby Apple snails along too.

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post #10 of 11 Old 08-24-2009, 05:23 PM
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thtas crazy that has to be fun to watch them swarm all over that cucumber
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