08-25-2009, 10:45 PM
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Holy Copepods, Bristle Man!
So, I was doing a red light inspection of my newly established 55-gallon FOWLR because I was looking for my pesky bristle worm which I'm trying to catch with a trap I made from a water bottle. I think I saw two bristle worms and some other tiny wormie, but they didn't seem to like coming out while I was looming over them. I would just rather address them now before I find out that I have bad wormies.
What was really interesting was that after a while of holding my red light over the corner of the tank, I eventually ended up with a swarm of little specks that were attracted to the red light. I never realized how many copepods I had, especially in a tank only a few months old! And to think that I was about to spend money for them at the LFS to add to the refugium.
This night viewing thing is just as fun as staring at my tank during the day, except my eyes can't handle it very long.