So the other day I went to clean some algae off the front of my tank when somehow a few white specks caught my eye... (I painted the back of my tank black so they stood out). <p>
I think they are some sort of animal, and they are small, like really small... I first noticed a few, then I noticed... hundreds... maybe thousands. So far I can only see them clinging to the glass, and they seem to mostly stay still, but usually I can see a few of them moving short bursts with surprising speed.<p> Here's my tank:
29 gal FOWLR set up for about 2 months. The tank has cycled and ammonia:0 Nitrates: between 0 and .05, PH 8.3. I have a 1" live sand bed, Fluval 205 filter, plenty of water current, 2 tank raised percula clowns, 12 hermit crabs, and a bunch of other reef critters (bristle worms, peanut worms, peppermint shrimp, turbo snails, limpets, star polyps, blasto polyps, feather dusters, and a bunch of algaes not to mention hiding things and things I can't see). Question is, does anyone have an idea of what these things could be? I was thinking maybe snails, but it's been a week and they aren't getting bigger, or increasing/decreasing in #. They're visible white specks with your eyes, and I can get a little bit of detail under 4x magnification from a magnifying glass.
Oh, and the topic of my post, does anyone here think it advantageous to buy a microscope for aquarium use?