Although the majority of "bugs" first noticed within a new tank are one or another of the "pods" there are actualy many types of "bugs" that somehow find their way into our tanks. Most of them are a benefit to our tanks and usualy only get our attention when we see them for the first time and wonder what they are, or we get a mandarin fish and are told they need pods to survive.
Trying to indentify a specific species is very hard to do unless you have a microscope and very good reference materials. These links and photos only serve to give you an idea of what could be in our tanks and a general view of why they should be encouraged to populate our tanks. Of course as with all species, there are always the one or two family members that dont belong in our tanks due to their parasitic or predatory natures. And we usualy dont know it untill we see our favorite fish swim by with some kind of alien stuck to the side of its head.
Phytoplankton Cultivation - Teakie goes one step further and shows you how to grow the food that copepods need.
Frequently Asked Questions about Copepods - Very informative site dealing with all aspects of copepods.
Amphipod Article - A great online resource which goes into great detail about this family of crustaceons.
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