I have aliens!!! Help!

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  1. Chad Vossen

    Chad Vossen Vossen kinda rhymes with awesome
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    Just kidding, just some strawberry crab larvae that hatched out yesterday. I've been waiting for two years to get larvae from this species. I had to cheat a little, and get a female that was already holding eggs, but I have gotten them to spawn in the past.

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    Chad Vossen

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    The ruler is 1mm in the photos for size reference.
     
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    Good luck, hope they stay healthy for you.
     
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    That's awesome, how are you taking those magnified pics/video? Do you have a microscope that hooks to the computer or something?
     
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    Dang, those things look crazy!
     
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    Why do you think they have those two spikes on top and bottom of their head? Is it going to turn into something, like arms or legs? Or Are they for protection at this phase in development?
     
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    They are probably for protection, as it increases their size. But also could be for lift, such as a dandelion seed drifting in the air. Those spines may help the larvae reduce energy use staying afloat in the current.
     
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    Larvae have passed away as of Saturday night. Found two remaining larvae that were weak. Do not appear to have been eating, so copepods may be too fast for them. If I get another opportunity, I'll try baby brine shrimp, which has been successfully used to raise emerald crabs.
     

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