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CatfishALore11 04-14-2013 03:52 PM

Weird bugs?
In my betta tank there are little white dots on the side of the tank what are they bugs or something?
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Chesh 04-14-2013 07:08 PM

Could be! There are several things that could possibly fall under the category of 'little white dots!' Without a better description it's hard to say - especially if they're too small to get a good look at. I'd start by looking into Copepods, Daphnia, or maybe Limpets. . .

When I had UFO's (Unidentified Floating Objects) in my tank, I compared their swimming movements with videos I found on YouTube until I could identify a match. Let us know what you find!

MoneyMitch 04-14-2013 07:10 PM


Mikaila31 04-14-2013 07:14 PM

They are usually copepode/cyclops or something similar. Most all are harmless and make good fry food.

Chesh 04-14-2013 08:07 PM


Originally Posted by MoneyMitch (Post 1754657)

Many of these are so small, she'd really need specialized equipment to try. A microscope to clearly see, depending on what it is. . . There are some things that are bigger, like mosquito larvae, but they don't look like white dots. Comparing the swimming style was the only way I could figure it out. . . mine were also Copepods, and harmless. :)

MoneyMitch 04-15-2013 02:31 PM

a pic would help rule out many things chesh. a picture is worth a million words

jaysee 04-15-2013 05:16 PM

Not just a thousand words, but a million now? Must be inflation ;-)
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MoneyMitch 04-15-2013 05:22 PM


Mikaila31 04-15-2013 05:37 PM

Ches is right tho. Even with my bridge camera and a 10X macro lens it would still be impossible to identify anything like a cyclops, rotifer, or other kinds of copepods from standard pictures. They are not called micro invertebrates for nothing. Most tanks are home to things like these, whether the keepers notice them or not. A number of them are barely visible to the human eye if you have good eyesight.

MoneyMitch 04-15-2013 07:13 PM

a picture still worth a billion words

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