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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-29-2020, 03:52 AM Thread Starter
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Water mites

I think I have water mites. No idea how they got in, they just appeared recently and nothing's been added since December. Has anyone come across them in their tanks? I can't find much on them other than where to find them in the wild. I keep picking them out as I see them, but, as you can imagine, that's getting rather tiresome.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-29-2020, 10:33 PM
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How many do you have, Iíve never seen anything like this in my aquariums.

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Too many to count in the beginning lol. Scooped a bunch out with a net. Couple days later, got a bunch out by trimming back the vals they were chilling on. I scooped out 3 or 4 today and couldn't find anymore, so maybe I've managed to get rid of them? Either that or the babies are too small to see yet.
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I know they aren't an ideal shrimp tank addition when you're trying to raise babies, but I bet a group of guppies or such would trend their population towards zero pretty quickly and you could remove them when you feel like the mites are gone. I've never dealt with these either, but that's a route I'd consider. And an aside, the addition of some macros (PO4 especially) and perhaps a decrease in light intensity should help that green spot algae.

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Appreciate the suggestion. It's not actually a shrimp tank, though they're slowly taking over. It's a 100g mostly nano fish community tank (mostly, other than the SAE). I'm wanting to add marbled hatchetfish...I wonder if they'd eat any mites 🤔

The plants in the picture are floaters-- tried to keep the ludwigia planted, but it said no. Choked out the water lettuce for the most part, so I said sure, why not. Floating ludwigia island. It's become the shrimp home. I can't reduce the light much due to the other plants, but the PO4 is an idea. Thanks! Click image for larger version

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