Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
MICRO Critters!!! ID? Emerg?
Hello water keepers,
I have some questions about something "odd" occuring in my tank. At first I noticed the micro swimmers in smaller numbers... doing the jagged twitchy swimmy thing that they do. I thought, these are water dudes that happen when water and plants and foods of the pellet nature get together.
They disappeared. I figured there numbers dwindled (there weren't many anyways) and I didn't see them against the glass randomly anymore.
Last night I did a 25% water change. This is where things get interesting and worrisome for me.
This morning I went to give my buddies their daily breakfast. I usually turn the filter down so the food debris doesn't blow all over the tank so that they can eat. (Bottom feeders they are). Then I looked at the suraface of the water. Behold! Many, far too many, of the white "pond" like micro swimmy things were all over the top!
My gut reaction was "OH No! Infestation! Maybe it's ICH or some other nasty thing!" I calmed down after looking at the clowns and cats and noticed there were no signs of "white dandruff" on them.
I did notice the fish were hanging out near the surface and quickly checked my water parameters. I figure if these white whatevers bred and thrive suddenly over night, there must be something different. Especially after the water change.
gh slightly hard
ph 7.0 (from 7.2)
amonia 0.0001 (if that)
no2 0.1 (nothing crazy there)
These are all normal for this tank.
**I just had a shrimp jump out of the tank while writing this.**
Back to the white things, what are they?! Are they dangerous to the plants or fish? Can they be removed, killed, eaten?
I thank anyone with some information for this. Also any ideas why my fish are acting crazy while this is happening!
"living life like a firecracker quick is my fuse..."
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Last edited by FiftyFive; 08-01-2006 at 03:03 AM.