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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)
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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!

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They move like pond bugs.. but they are too small to take pictures of, using my highly unadvanced camera...

YUCK

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they are probably the TINY hairthin white worms that most tanks have. they are usually in the substraight. they are not bad. more or less good. they can be eaten by fish. ive heard they make good fish food...

dont worry about them i would say.

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Thank you for the reply!

After some more research, I think you may be on the right track. Planaria seems to start as white sketchy dots... I think I'll look into some top feeders that like these critters and check my gravel cleaning routine...

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Did they look like this?


I scooped all I could out of my 1g and placed them in my 10g. My White Clouds and Cherry Barbs were very pleased with their new food.
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No, they don't look like that... yet.. they look like little fleas white skittery ones... I did see one wormy thing weeks ago, that I killed however, but that was the only one..

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Maybe there are daphnia, or "water fleas".
http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/...n99/wflea.html
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if they were all swimming on the top 1 to 2 inches then I bet it was a small nemetode. They will eventually loose in population. The other worm that is posted is a oligochaete. Both are no harm.

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And they seem to help out with algae control. I think that is why the population in my tank went away, ran out of food?
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perhaps some type of copepod. I know I have those. they twitch about like you mentioned. They are also most noticeable when at the surface or on the sides - i think they just blend in every where else. The reason you would be having an population explosion might be A. you have bottom feeders which arn't eating them, or B. In my tanks these little guys start to thrive when the filter is turned off. Several times my filter has gotten clogged (I'm bad) and I didn't fix it for a week or too. These thing become apperent almost right away.
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I've got the same white worms in my 10G tank, just like the photo of Burks.

Yoink sent me beautiful red cherry babies.
I took all of the fish out of the 10G in order to turn it into a shrimp tank because I didn't want to take any chances of the shrimp getting eaten.
It's been 4 days since the fish went into their new 29G home and just noticed this morning when the lights came on that there are thousands of white worms all over in the 10G.
The fish must have been eating the worms before.

Would red cherry shrimp eat these white worms?
I'd hate to put the fish back into the 10G because the tank is by the window and lots of green algae can grow easily for the shrimp to eat, besides the fish are happy in their new home.

Now I don't know what to do.
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