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These shrimp looking critters have taken over my grow beds. Can anyone identify them?
Not sure that they are harmful but my earth worms have disappeared since they showed up. I am assuming that they are either competing for food or devouring my worms.
Any ideas?

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scuds.

btw, I don't know about how they play with worms in an AP grow bed, but trout love to eat 'em.

As these amphipods are completely aquatic, I might guess that your bed is on continuous flood rather than flood and drain? I think the former conditions could favor scuds over worms.

If the picture is typical of your beds, you have a considerable snail population as well.

I would recommend looking through the different varieties of amphipoda on wiki at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphipoda 

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