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Nubster 09-01-2011 06:23 PM

Tiny white specs crawling around on glass...
I was looking at my new fish and noticed something moving in the corner of the tank. It was a little larva looking thing that was flopping around...almost looked like a mosquito larva...who knows...maybe it was...should be a good snack for the fish...anyways...then I noticed tiny, tiny little white specs moving on the glass and substrate. Moving very fast...they would crawl and sometimes swim quickly from the front glass to the side glass (this was all taking place in the corner area). They were so small I couldn't tell anything about them. Figure they are Copepods and/or Amphipods...I just didn't realize they could be found in freshwater aquariums. I guess I am just checking to make sure they aren't anything to worry about.

Byron 09-02-2011 11:14 AM

I wouldn't worry over a minimal number as this sounds to be. Fish usually eat any living critters. An excess of something like Planaria would be a concern. I often have very small buff-coloured bugs that hop on the surface, around the larger floating plants. Some of the fish have found them, and will eat them if they can. In a planted tank, it is amazing all the micro-plankton that will live everywhere.

sankho 09-02-2011 11:23 AM

yes fish do like to eat phytoplanktons and zooplanktons but ectoparasites may be harmful for them

Christople 09-02-2011 11:57 AM

I was informed they might be like micro worms

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