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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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What are these?!

Got these funny little white things swimming around in my tank (planted, 2 cherry, 1 sakura and 1 blue, some pond snails). Really really small at the moment, dart here and there really quickly. Too small to take a picture of.

None of the shrimp have 'berried' yet, as far as I'm aware. We lost 3, last one died a couple of weeks ago.

Pic of eggs which I'm pretty sure they hatched from:



Certainly not snails (unless snails swim and dart around to begin with!).

Any ideas?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 11:11 PM
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My guess is the things swimming around are a variety of copepod, and harmless. Unrelated to the eggs on the glass which look like some sort of snail egg.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 11:17 PM
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Probably a water flea, or copepod like aqua said. How do they move? I also agree with the eggs, but that a huge clutch of eggs for a snail. Not your average bladder snail eggs there lol.

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Re: the eggs... Pond Snail. Looks like they're beginning to hatch. Can be really beneficial in a planted tank for cleaning up algae and leftover food.
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Hmm maybe the pic doesn't show the size properly but doesn't that seem like a huge clutch? 1 1/2" to 2" is what it looks like O.o

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Look at the thickness of the glass and the thickness of the strands of cladophora (moss ball). It's rather small. Half inch at most. Average clutch.

Though, I have some larger Pond Snails approaching 1.5" that lay larger.
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Ah yes, I see your point that moss ball is messing with me. Mine are all 2 inches and I was having a difficult time with that lol.

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Thanks all, really appreciated!

I first expected that they were snail eggs but then seeing those little things flying about I wasn't too sure. Looked up 'Copepod' and the shape seems to fit

We also have some other eggs, which are of a similar size to the first picture but a smaller clutch and translucent blue - guess I'll have to wait and see what comes out of them!

Thanks again, well pleased with responses to my 1st post.
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