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Little White flecks on the aquarium glass
Old 08-16-2010, 09:45 AM   #11
 
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Alright everyone, They are back this morning. What the heck are these things? Do I need to keep my light on longer? It is usually on for over 12 hours a day as it is. Yesterday they disappeared as the day went on, which suggested they don't like the light or something. What is going on in the tank at night that they reappear? HELP!!!
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:02 AM   #12
 
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are you sure they arent worms or something?
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:05 AM   #13
 
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I certainly don't think so. They don't move or anything. They just sit on the glass and disappear as the day goes on with the light. Already since I turned the light on (about an hour ago) they are going down in numbers. I did a huge water change yesterday. About 40 gallons from a 60 gallon tank. I had a dead Tiger Barb I needed to remove.
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:10 AM   #14
 
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did you try to see how they dispersed?? maybe hey swam away.
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:29 AM   #15
 
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No, I didn't see any swimming but I did see some come off the glass and float around as if pushed about by the current. There was definitely no swimming on the white flecks part. Now, they are almost gone again. Light definitely plays a part here somehow. I hope someone can shed some light on this mystery. There seems to be a new challenge each day here. lol
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:31 AM   #16
 
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haha let me check on vampiric parasites for you
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:47 AM   #17
 
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look at this link http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fa041
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:12 AM   #18
 
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Doesn't sound or look like any of these. There is nothing on the fish at all, and it seems to disappear in the light. The fish do not seem either interested or bothered by it. The Oto's go along eating on the glass and the pieces simply float if they run into them. The Oto's don't seem to try to avoid the area nor do they seem especially attracted to it. It almost seems vegetable in matter but it is fairly uniform in size and shape. Some slightly larger then others but no huge difference in shape, size.
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:16 PM   #19
 
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from my research i m pretty sure they are Copepods. try google images, and googling articles on them.

try acknowledging my theory, i believe it fits pretty well.

http://www.reefbuilders.com/forums/i...hite-bugs.html

http://www.aquariumdomain.com/viewAr...?article_id=14
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:38 PM   #20
 
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from my research i m pretty sure they are Copepods. try google images, and googling articles on them.

try acknowledging my theory, i believe it fits pretty well.

http://www.reefbuilders.com/forums/i...hite-bugs.html

http://www.aquariumdomain.com/viewAr...?article_id=14

the first one I have read already, the second one says "oop's link broken"

I still do not know what they are but they disappear in the light, I have never noticed fish eating them or them swimming as the first link said. This doesn't mean that is not what they are, I just don't know. If it is, it says they are not a threat and are actually kind of a benefit.

I am not sure if the "try acknowledging my theory" was meant to be snotty but it sounded like it. I wasn't ignoring your theory, just looking for all different opinions and thoughts. I was hoping to hear some first hand experience with such a thing. Thanks for posting the links and your theory. I will be looking further into it.
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