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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-18-2019, 11:42 PM Thread Starter
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What are these white things?

Hi there! I have a new tank, 35ish days old. We just put a betta in there about 1 week ago, and we acquired snails from the Frogbit we put in. Now there are white specks all over the class that are moving, and this white mass of white things in the grass and on our Anubias. Also, our bettas has one white spot on his full area. Anyone know what could be happening?
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-18-2019, 11:54 PM
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I thought sure I was going to come and tell you not to worry, that it's just pods on the glass, but ...I can't tell *what* that is. Do you think you could pull some of those out and get a picture?

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I tried to pull some out but they were so small I couldn't get a hold of any and they all scattered... 😧 This might sound silly but there is a spider hanging out on the stand, could it be spider eggs?
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Nope, at least not a friendly neighborhood jumping spider.

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Use a turkey baster to suck some up and put in a glass to photograph.
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they kinda look like wasp eggs to me


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So yesterday I tried to grab it with tweezers (real dumb) and it all scattered throughout the tank. Today it reformed! It wasn't there all day, we left the house, a few hours later got home and it was back. I got way better photos this time!
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I canít get pics to open in bigger window on my phone. Do they look like little hollow tube shaped structures? Might be a periphyton colony of some sort.

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Possibly Snail feces?
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What plants do you have in this tank? Just curious if they are the hulls from seeds, pods or flowers?

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We have dwarf Hairgrass and Anubias Nana Petite, both of which we bought from a plant store so they were never introduced to animals. We also have Frogbit which we got from a fish store and that's how we acquired our snail problem. The Frogbit we have had in our tank for 4 weeks now and these rice looking things just showed up.
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I can’t get pics to open in bigger window on my phone. Do they look like little hollow tube shaped structures? Might be a periphyton colony of some sort.

They don't seem to be tube like. I tried to Google periphyton and couldn't really find any good images to compare.
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What plants do you have in this tank? Just curious if they are the hulls from seeds, pods or flowers?
We have dwarf Hairgrass and Anubias Nana Petite, both of which we bought from a plant store so they were never introduced to animals. We also have Frogbit which we got from a fish store and that's how we acquired our snail problem. The Frogbit we have had in our tank for 4 weeks now and these rice looking things just showed up
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Im thinking some type of aquatic springtail with the way they bunch up and their shape, coloration.
The only off part is that they're underwater, and my research shows only 1 or 2 species that actually live underwater. I myself have these exact same looking critters on the driftwood in my pali.


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Im thinking some type of aquatic springtail with the way they bunch up and their shape, coloration.
The only off part is that they're underwater, and my research shows only 1 or 2 species that actually live underwater. I myself have these exact same looking critters on the driftwood in my pali.


Aha! Collembola Desoria. Thats as close as im getting to this.
There's actually quite a few more then just 2. If these are in fact springtails, it'd seem like we're not seeing adults, but just light colored juvis and nymphs. There's quite a few species that spend the first bit of their life submerged, and emerge as adults to spend the rest of their time in air.


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