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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-17-2013, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help to identify a worm and a "DOT"

Hi! New here, but I've found lots of information and was hoping someone could help me identify this worm and a worm "DOT" thingy. Ok, ok I know first question is can you post a pic. YES! I actually bought a damn microscope so I could get a clear image!

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The "dot" is a freshwater copepod.
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Really? Thanks, at first I thought they were microscopic air bubbles until I noticed they were moving random directions against the water current. That pic is under 100x magnification, the actual size is somewhat smaller than the tip of a ball point pen!
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Cool!! you have a microscope. I plan on buying one as well. What kind of microscope do you have? How much was it?

Anyways, back to your problem. I can't answer your question but maybe the following thread can:

EDIT: actually, the worm might be a nematode. Here, read this

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Actually I bought a cheap pocket microscope, it has an attachment for my iPhone 5 and was really easy to use, except the worms seem to hate light and run from it! Lol

Here's a link to the one I purchased on Amazon,
I was leaning towards nematodes, but with such a variety of different subspecies out there I could find pics that could be what I saw, or looked like it, from a distance without much focus. Glad it's all relatively harmless. My water levels stay very good even with two snails and 17 fish in my 10 gal, and now 25+ baby mystery snails (any advice on how to get rid of them without feeling guilty?) tank looks like a jungle, the plants do well and have really taken off with the CFL bulbs, but also makes it hard to vacuum the sand without crushing or uprooting plants. I need to figure out how to put a smaller gravel tube on my python. (And finally set up my big tank, or maybe just buy it first)

Thanks for the info!
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