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post #1 of 7 Old 08-10-2009, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Tiny white dots everywhere

Hello everyone.
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I have a 55 gallon set up. I have had 8 African Cichlids for 3 years now and one pleco. The same fish...the whole time. They are about 5-6 inches each. I don't have any livee plants or anything, just regular rock. I couldn't tell ya the ph or anything bc I havent had a water test in a while since I have had the same set up and do regular water changes....my fish are pretty healthy.
Anyway, about 3 days ago I noticed little white dots everywhere...its not algae, and Im not sure what to think about it. If you look at a rock, its like a tiny white hair then the little pinhead white thing attached to it. There's probably a few thousand in the tank. They are on the walls, the plants, the rocks...everything. I have never had babies in the tank, and never seen any eggs, and from what I've read online, Cichlids are mouth breeders...so Im not sure what this is...but if anyone could give me some advice I'd really appreciate it.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-11-2009, 08:05 AM
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Sounds like planaria..................Google and see if thats what you have in your tank.............If it is, i wouldnt worry to much.......Its harmless to your fish........
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-11-2009, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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There's no worms yet, if thats what it is. They don't move...it looks like a type of egg. I did google it and I saw a video, does kinda look similar, cept mine arent moving yet.
How can I get rid of them? I don't want worms in my tank. I have a beautiful set up and I've worked hard to keep it clean and my fish healthy.
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-11-2009, 02:13 PM
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You need to get a product called "ICH" it will be only a few drops, but it will treat your tank for that. And it makes the water blue. for a couple of hours. Most pet stores will have it.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-11-2009, 03:33 PM
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If it is planaria, DONT treat the tank......No reason to put unneeded medication in the water.....Planaria does no harm to the fish at all, in fact, fry have been known to eat it............Hold off on food for 2 or 3 days (your fish will be fine without food that long) and the planaria will die........
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-11-2009, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, so I just got home from work and looked over my tank really good. I do see some little hair type things moving around. Can I scrape the little white things from the sides of the tank? From the looks of it, I will have a million of these things. My fish are ginormous, there's no way they will even see these tiny things. :( This sucks.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-13-2009, 03:52 PM
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I would do as Fishin Pole suggests. Hold off on feeding your fish for three days or so (they'll be fine without food for a few days) and the worms will perish due to lack of food.

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