Seed Shrimps (Ostracod) Infestation

I am sure many aquatic hobbyist has seen these before... Many questions on what they are, how they appear.. And I really don't know.. Haha..

Right now a couple of my tanks are 'infested' with them! But if they are not causing any problems (solving leftover food issues as well!!) I will leave them as they are..

(Beware of shocking images!! Hahaha)





Close up of how they cluster.. It's scary..

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Alvin,
How often do you feed the shrimp? Most of the time they show up when we overfeed the tank.
Get some snails (snails that don’t reproduce :)to help with leftover food. Cut your feeding.

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> Alvin,
> How often do you feed the shrimp? Most of the time they show up when we overfeed the tank.
> Get some snails (snails that don’t reproduce :)to help with leftover food. Cut your feeding.

Thanks John for your suggestion.. :)

I normally feed on a daily basis but with the amount of shrimps inside, i am only feeding what they will finish within an hour or so..

Definitely no snails for me, i would gladly prefer a seed shrimps infestation to a snail infestation anytime... hahaha...

Seed shrimps are ok for me actually.. They are not causing any problems, just a little unsightly.. And since there is a saying that seed shrimps won't appear unless the water is 'very good'.. seeing so much of them means my water must be 'very very very good'.. HAHAHAHAHA... (looking at the bright side of it..)

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> Nice photo and shrimps.
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> Hmmm ... interesting to see seed shrimps appearing out of nowhere ;).
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> I am also of the view that as long as it is natural occurring living organism due to clean water, it is a good thing rather than a negative. In order for the shrimps to live in a good artificial environment, it should be as "natural" as possible - even for captive bred shrimps ;).

Thats right Greg... Thats my views too..

Thanks for your compliments too... :)

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> I agree with you guys about the natural way of life. My shrimp tanks are my show tanks at home and seed shrimp did not look good v-7 , I had the same problem with bugs of all kinds when I would feed everyday so I don’t feed 2 days a week ,no more bugs .
> Alvin I love your shrimp and this website.

Thanks john for your kind compliments.. Hope you will carry on to 'support' me..

i do agree that show tanks must be nice and pretty.. seed shrimps might be a little unsightly.. haha.. but i cannot risk not feeding a tank with hundreds of little shrimps inside.. lol.. (or maybe i will try..)

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> hi alvin,
>
> greetings from Medan, Indonesia. one of the indonesian fellow shrimp hobbyist just told me about your blog, and i can say that i love your journals. i've been keeping crs for some years now with much success, but no luck with taiwan bees. my taiwan bees keep dying, and the offspring couldn't survive till adult. so i'm basically done with taiwan bees, till i saw your journal, and it might encourage me to give taiwan bees one more try. could you please share some keys to taiwan bees breeding success, and also your recommended water parameter for taiwan bees. many thanks.
>
> regards,
> irsan.

I have dropped you an email..

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Got this problem from time to time. I guess it happens when I'm feeding them too much. My experience is they will go away when feeding less and grow in numbers when there is plenty of food. I wonder if the shrimps are able to catch these things and eat them.

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> Got this problem from time to time. I guess it happens when I'm feeding them too much. My experience is they will go away when feeding less and grow in numbers when there is plenty of food. I wonder if the shrimps are able to catch these things and eat them.

I dont really bother about them much... i just let them be.. haha..
i dont think shrimps will eat them... but they do help to finish up leftover food.. haha..

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