copepods: Small crustaceans that somewhat resemble shrimp. Many species, both freshwater and marine. Swim with a jerky motion and are an important link in many aquatic food chains. Most familiar to newtkeepers is [Cyclops]
Cyclops: A faimiliar freshwater copepod. Swim with jerky motion and is named for the presence of a single eye.
Amphipods: Small mostly benthic(see [Benthic]) crustaceans somewhat resembling isopods is shape and form. Crawl or swim and are abundant in many marine and freshwater habitats.
Gammarus: Amphipods commonly found in the bottom sediment in freshwater environs. Good tank scavengers and a favorite of many newts. Occasionally cultured for fish and newt food.
Hyallela: Amphipods commonly found in the bottom sediment of freshwater environs. See also [Gammarus]
Daphnia: small crustaceans that usually inhabit the open sunlit waters in freshwater environments. Known for their jerky swimming motion. Their small size makes them ideal and natural food for aquatic salamanders and larvae.
Help!! My nitrates won’t go up! They are at 0ppm and so is my ammonia and nitrites. Can I put my axolotl in the tank without the nitrates or does the axolotl need them? If not how do I get my nitrates up?