Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Calgary, Canada
Tiny white organisms in substrate?
My planted tank is three weeks old with a few snails that magically appeared, along with six Cherry Red Shrimp. I can't remember the name of the substrate but it starts with 'Aqua' (not AquaSoil). It was touted as ready for a planted tank with no washing required. It contained water already. It's a fairly new product on the market and the few reviews I read here (after the fact) weren't that positive. Thus far though, I haven't noticed anything wrong with it.
Now that the details are out of the way, I'm seeing these tiny, pin-prick, white organisms in the substrate. Some move onto the glass and others onto the driftwood. They move extremely fast when in the open water. When on the glass, I've seen two types. One looks like spermatoza with a head and tail while the other looks like it has a couple of antennae or arms sticking out.
Are these baby snails? There must be hundreds in the substrate but I'm not seeing an increase in the snail population so most must not live long.
Just trying to figure out what's going on in my tank... It doesn't seem like they do any harm.