A swarm!

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  1. jades

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    I was checking my tank out at night and saw a huge swarm of these little things, any ideas what they are?



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    They could be baby shrimp of some kind or possibly just copepods :)
     
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    Could be from my cleaner shrimps. They alot more active than the copepods in my system.
     
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    its a form of copepod, or amphipod im never sure of the difference to be honest. If you look at those at night you will see them being very active (often find a population in the over flow section of a tank) and the eyes normally reflect a small amount of light) They are just a little different from the pods we normally see on the live rock which are more 'c' shaped.

    i found a short but good article on copepods here....Hobbyist Guide:*Hobbyist Guide: What are Copepods? :: Aquarium Domain.com
     
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    just a side bar......you might be interested to know that there are over 8,000 species of copepods, so id'ing the exact species is going to be difficult for most hobbists
     
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    Only a few survived the night, heres a few close up of one I caught. Looks like a baby cleaner shrimp. Has anyone ever tried raising them?



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    how big is that thing?
     
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    about 5-6mm, about 12 hours old.
     
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    cleaner shrimps takes to 6 months to their final moult into adulthood. So unless you got nothing else planned for the next 6 months, go for it.
    There is a post on MOFIB about somebody who tried it. Not worthwhile.
     
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    Its more like 120 days, and not that difficult.
     
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