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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-01-2013, 05:26 AM Thread Starter
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Mysterious White Bugs

So the other day I was looking at my tank and noticed these small white things in one corner of my tank. They look like tiny bugs. They move very quickly and dart around in short bursts. They're no bigger than a pinhead for the most part. I redid my tank and dirted it within the past month or so and I don't know if that has anything to do with them because I never had them before I dirted the tank. I've been cycling the tank and haven't added any fish yet but I did heavily plant it. I was hoping someone might have some idea as to what these could be and if they're dangerous for my plants and fish. Maybe even if theres any way to kill them. Hope someone knows!
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My guess is Seed Shrimps. White tiny dots (~1 mm) you sometimes see on substrate/glass (They can also swim!). Harmless
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Here's a picture of them. Kinda hard to see but I'm forced to use my phone camera....
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Awesome, looks like daphnia, great live food for fish, you could even breed them in a separate vase/jar for that purpose, I would. They eat phytoplankton, so can be kept in green water.
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Soooooo they're not dangerous then? How did they get there?
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They probably came with your plants, not dangerous at all. You will find daphnia in ponds and swamps, close to the shore/surface in early spring, just a natural part of the ecosystem.
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