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Old 11-01-2012, 09:13 PM   #76
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Squiggles like a capital S? If so, good for you. Those are a healthy microfauna called nematodes.

Fish love them, bettas will gobble them up.

Tiny white specs easily can be identified as either Copepods or Daphnea on close inspection.

Things that can at some point also look like white specs: some hydra (not often) premature planaria, certain eggs.

Chances are it falls into one of those two lists.


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Old 11-01-2012, 09:39 PM   #77
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they arent that squiggly. more like ) squiggly. althoguh they move. they are SUPER tiny, like literally as big as this bar _ and they are white

the white dots are not daphnea or copepods. the white dots are literally this big .
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they arent that squiggly. more like ) squiggly. althoguh they move. they are SUPER tiny, like literally as big as this bar _ and they are white

the white dots are not daphnea or copepods. the white dots are literally this big .
Ok then, they're not nematodes. Those are planaria in my opinion. I obviously can't ID anything 100% without a picture, I'm just giving you my best guesses.


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Old 11-01-2012, 10:35 PM   #79
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they are TINY ill try to get a photo, but i doubt i will be able to get one thats clear even with my d90 and nice lens
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they are TINY ill try to get a photo, but i doubt i will be able to get one thats clear even with my d90 and nice lens
I can get pics of Copepods and small hydra on my iPhone. It leads me to believe you will get something at least.


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Old 11-02-2012, 04:29 AM   #81
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Whoa! Cool little set up you got there, Bob!! Are those Buces in there with the hair grass?
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I don't have time to breakout the real camera. But this is the best up I can get on my iPod touch. You can't see the worm like things. But the specs you can see.

Thanks crazydays! They are not Bucephalus. Buces would be much too large! What you see are Anubias barteri 'micro' each leaf is the size of a pencil eraser!
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Oh, I had forgot that Micro was out there now....I have a little bit of Petite, and that's small enough!! For my tank, at least!

Nothing wrong with having sweet micro fauna, Bob!! Sign of a very healthy system!! Good job!
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:31 PM   #84
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Oh, I had forgot that Micro was out there now....I have a little bit of Petite, and that's small enough!! For my tank, at least!

Nothing wrong with having sweet micro fauna, Bob!! Sign of a very healthy system!! Good job!
yeah when i got it it was pretty new, im glad to have found someone who was willing to part with it, and for a good price to less! its really an awesome plant, it just has a habit of liking to pull free out of the substrate, but thats because the way i planted it wasnt very secure. i just buried the roots but kept the rhizome above the surface. they are finally starting to grow some roots and get a good hold. ill probably wait a while to clean the diatoms off again, long enough to i dont uproot all the anuias again and make them start all over with getting established...yeah, in your huge tank, these 'micro' would dissapear! i really love the anubias and hairgrass combo though!

thanks! im jsut hoping that they arent harmful thats all.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:47 PM   #85
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heres my latest hardscape...



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Old 11-21-2012, 11:55 PM   #86
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probably aquatic nematodes or maybe annelids. i have those.
dont worry, they were in your bettas tank from before he hatched, so they are harmless. when he was smaller they were food, now hes grown spoiled on bloodworms and brine shrimp no doubt. but if one gets peeled off of what its crawling on and squiggles past his face he will probably chomp down.
i had planaria too. also food. and cyclops, and these little bugs on the surface, and a different kind of tiny worm. just took some moss from my shrimp tank and left it in a jar on the window occasionally adding a bit of fish food. then when there were little things everywhere (right around the time of the spawn) i emptied the jar in the spawning tank to have microfauna for the betta fry to graze on between feedings.
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probably aquatic nematodes or maybe annelids. i have those.
dont worry, they were in your bettas tank from before he hatched, so they are harmless. when he was smaller they were food, now hes grown spoiled on bloodworms and brine shrimp no doubt. but if one gets peeled off of what its crawling on and squiggles past his face he will probably chomp down.
i had planaria too. also food. and cyclops, and these little bugs on the surface, and a different kind of tiny worm. just took some moss from my shrimp tank and left it in a jar on the window occasionally adding a bit of fish food. then when there were little things everywhere (right around the time of the spawn) i emptied the jar in the spawning tank to have microfauna for the betta fry to graze on between feedings.
lol good to know! i saw him take a bite of one the other night.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:30 PM   #88
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just a heads up, dlast night my friend and I named the betta Paul..
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:46 AM   #89
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does anyone know approximately how long ill have to cycle with amazonia before i can add fish?
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:17 AM   #90
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just a heads up, dlast night my friend and I named the betta Paul..
I named my betta after a Paul too Paul Dirac I bet it's the same Paul you were thinking of :P:P:P

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