Help identify parasite please...

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    Can anyone identify this parasite and maybe tell me how to get rid of them please? Have hundreds of them in my tank.

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    These are cyclops. They are not necessarily a parasite. There are parasitic species but many are not. They multiply in aquaria, feeding off detritus and algae. They are essentially fish food to the right fish.
     
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    So they are basically harmless? Extra protein snack for fish...

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    Just don't feed your fry with them. Cyclops are voracious predators. But . . . perhaps you should try to breed them. It's good food.
     
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    Thanx@ greystroke...do you perhaps know where they come from? The one day my tank was spotless and the next day full of these critters.

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    They are normally introduced with plant or live foods.
     

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