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post #1 of 3 Old 08-28-2011, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Bugs in Cichlid tank!

I have a 55 gal tank with 4 fish, two jack dempseys, one convict and one sucker.

I turned on the light and looked at my fishtank threw the top of the tank, when i saw a clan of bugs hitting the filter and bouncing back, they were swimming. They have wings and look like bigger fruit flies. How do i get rid of them? What type of insect are these. Will they harm my fish? They are kind of white, but if you look closer, a little bit green. they kind of walk on water. Please help! There are litterally about 50. and so little I can scoop them out, i can try but I dont know.


We have no live plants in out tank, when you look up from looking into the tank, you dont see them,only when you look down from the top.

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-28-2011, 10:49 PM
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Hmm they sound like springtails. They eat decaying matter. Tell me how often do you clean your filter media? When I was a novice keeper I didn't clean my filters reguraly and I would find lady bugs in the filter eating the decaying matter. Your tank is pretty heavily stocked so you need heavy filtration and you need to clean them reguraly.

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Hmm they sound like springtails. They eat decaying matter. Tell me how often do you clean your filter media? When I was a novice keeper I didn't clean my filters reguraly and I would find lady bugs in the filter eating the decaying matter. Your tank is pretty heavily stocked so you need heavy filtration and you need to clean them reguraly.
i am getting a lot better with changing filteration, I clean them about once a week and change every 2.

I sadley have noticed some other shady things, my dad said it was alge, but i looked closely just a minute ago...alge is not sting like, and does not move. These were worms, and they are everywhere, on the wall, on the rocks on the gravel. HELP!

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