Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Little Rock, AR
new tank.. super tiny white bugs in my substrate??
I just set up my planted tank a couple days ago, with black eco complete substrate and live plants and a few fish, which now have ick. I also have a few red cherry shrimp. I just noticed super tiny white bugs crawling around in my substrate today! They are white, and so tiny they are barely visible, and round with tiny legs. Wondering what the heck they are. I thought ick wasn't supposed to be visible to the naked eye, that the white spots on the fish were just cysts caused by the parasite? whatever they are, I noticed them hanging out in the gaps between the rocks of the substrate.
eta: upon closer inspection they appear to move around in a darting motion. I was looking at the "whats that bug" sticky, and I guess they could be daphnia or copepods, but they are so tiny I cant make out an "eye" like people say they see for cyclops copepods, and they are too small to be able to see if they are see through like the daphnia appear to be in pictures so Im really not sure. either way they gross me out.. starting to wonder if Im cut out for the whole planted tank thing now, did not see these guys coming.