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Copopods and aquarium health
I have to assume that a few of these little buggers is normal in an established tank. They are present in almost all other bodies of water. The problem is I have been seeing them in ever increasing numbers and they are living a lot more in my sponges for AC20 HOB. Are copopods an indicator species or are they just going to keep growing and become a problem?
They are extremely small, maybe the size of a pinhead and are really cool to watch them eat the nematodes when I have them under the microscope. Black in color, have an off shaped roundish shell and have 2 little mouth parts that they use to catch their food. I think I have identified them right but also to want to make sure so they don't turn out to be some kind of nasty.
If it is pods be glad. Your fish will help keep their population in check, though it'd be hard to have to many pods honestly.
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