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You had asked about Ostracods.
There are ostracods that do damage plants. I have not
encountered these yet. From what I have heard, if you
have to ask the question, yours probably are not plant
eaters. The ostracods that I have had are not harmful
to plants, but do like to live on the plants. I saw
no need to rid my tanks of them, but I haven't seen
them in a long time.
Fish will usually eat them - no matter which variety
you have. Livebearers are good at this, but I imagine
that many other kinds of fish would work them over
too. The eggs will hatch at different intervals. So
when you think they are all gone, you may get them
You asked if they eat algae. If they were good at
algae control, someone on this list would have
marketed them by now ;-) I don't think that they are
good at that.
Enjoy your "pests". I found them kind of interesting.
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