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Old 05-06-2013, 07:23 AM   #1
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bugs all over tank!


Hello,
I'm having a problem! I have a 29 bowfront. My boyfriend sunk lava rocks into fiber glass all along the back, so the entire back is lava rock. This was his tank for years, and was out of use for a few months before he gave it to me. He did have some kind of infestation of parasites, white ovals that swam around, and all his fish died. But he pretty much boiled the tank for days and then it sat empty for months. It has undergravel filtration.

There are bugs all over the lava rocks. The bugs don't swim or go in the water, just stay on the few inches of rock above the water. (Because of how he made it I can't fill it up all the way or fish will get trapped behind the rocks, that's why there's so much extra space at the top.)

They look like fleas a bit. I don't think they fly, just crawl around. They're not on the outside of the tank at all. When I do top off the water as much as I can, some get in the water and hop on the surface. They are a brown gray color. I do NOT do well with bugs and feel like I can't even maintain this tank now. I have nightmares about this tank--I guess we all have our silly phobias.

Anyway, here is a link to a video of the bugs. http://youtu.be/9WskBjNCsfo
It was hard to get close enough to see, I know it's grainy but maybe you can tell what's going on. You can see some sludge they're making. I took the video right after I put more water in, to stir them up a little.

Thanks so much, I hope you can help! Honestly I'd really like to get rid of this tank! I feel like the lava rock is just too porous and will always harbor something. But I don't feel like I can just get rid of these fish in case I give someone else these bugs.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:16 PM   #2
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I believe those are springtails. They are harmless. They feed on the surface scum and other mulm on the rocks and water.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:09 PM   #3
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There are a lot of fish that will eat the springtails, think of them as snacks for your fish.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:55 PM   #4
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Even without the lava rock you'll never get rid of all the "bugs" in an aquarium. Its a normal and natural part of them.
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I agree with what the previous posters have said. Is there any way you can learn to live with these guys? The tank looks like a great natural setup, and it will naturally attract a few perfectly harmless hitchhikers. Take it as a compliment on your tank and be happy that this is a freshwater tank. Reef tanks have some truly terrifying hitchhikers...
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:15 AM   #6
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I agree with what the previous posters have said. Is there any way you can learn to live with these guys? The tank looks like a great natural setup, and it will naturally attract a few perfectly harmless hitchhikers. Take it as a compliment on your tank and be happy that this is a freshwater tank. Reef tanks have some truly terrifying hitchhikers...
Please elaborate on "terrifying hitchikers
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Please elaborate on "terrifying hitchikers
Bristle worms, mantis shrimp, Aiptasia...
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Please elaborate on "terrifying hitchikers
http://www.worldwidereefers.com/foru...hiker-id-guide

The bristleworm bites, the mantis shrimp kills everything in the tank, and the zoas may contain a poison that can kill a grown man within minutes. So never complain about a few springtails in a freshwater tank.

(Of course, bristleworms can be beneficial, mantis shrimps are fascinating, and many people spend a lot of money to keep zoas, so it's all a matter of perspective. I am just making a point here.)
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:30 PM   #9
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As long as you don't climb inside the tank, the bristleworms won't bite you, the mantis shrimp can't kill you, and try and refrain from drinking the zoas shakes.
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Of course not. As I said, I was just making the point that reef hitchhikers are way scarier than what f/w has to offer.
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