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Yeah, I suppose so. They are stumping me. Idk where I got them. I hope they arent harmful. This tank is struggling to thrive.WTFish? said:Oh weird, following for answers. Are they bug like?
Thats what Im hoping for. I find it really strange that I cant find any info on them, and unlike the little white guys which cant be seen easily on plants, these darker ones are much more prominent and frankly kinda ugly settling all over my plants like flies. All those little black dots are bugs.midna said:looks like just a different type of seed shrimp
Someone else thought they may be water fleas? Is that just another name for seed shrimp? I look them all up and it doesnt seem to be much different.richie.p said:I think it's like most hatches they peak anx fir off, I look at it as your tank is thriving which is a good thing, if it were a fish tank you wouldn't see them its because its a shrimp tank with no predators they are able to thrive
. Thanks Richie! I dont have a good enough camera to get a better look. So, garsh! Still not sure. Likely a seed shrimp variety.richie.p said:This is a better read than the first I posted.
Water flea are a look alike but are in fact a different species
Ostracods, or ostracodes, are a class of the Crustacea (class Ostracoda), sometimes known as seed shrimp. Some 70,000 species (only 13,000 of which are extant) have been identified, grouped into several orders. They are small crustaceans, typically around 1 mm (0.039 in) in size, but varying from 0.2 to 30 mm (0.008 to 1.181 in) in the case of Gigantocypris. Their bodies are flattened from side to side and protected by a bivalve-like, chitinous or calcareous valve or "shell". The hinge of the two valves is in the upper (dorsal) region of the body. Ostracods are grouped together based on gross morphology. While early work indicated the group may not be monophyletic; and early molecular phylogeny was ambiguous on this front, recent combined analyses of molecular and morphological data found support for monophyly in analyses with broadest taxon sampling 
Same exact ones! Yes Richie! The ones on the left. I cant tell by the oneson the right.richie.p said:This was my tank and these are copepods the other photo is one I took with.a microscope and I think I can see one in your photo