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Tiny white critters on glass

I returned from vacation to find little white critters on the glass of a 5 gallon aquarium. They are perhaps the size of a pin head and are white to off-white. They are round, but the body narrows a bit as it comes to a very tiny head. I know they are critters because you can watch them move and stop, move and stop. Anyone know what they little things are and how freaked out I should be?

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No, I don't think so. Think more pod like rather than worm like. I wish I could photo them but I think they are too small for the camera to capture well.
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Seed Shrimps or Cyclops. View that link that Epic posted.

One month in.
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Copepods.
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I'm thinking snails. I have A LOT of them. They are rounder to the back and they start to point out toward the front. If you look closely they look like small snails. They kind of float through the air and attach themselves to the glass.

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Here is a pic from my camera...

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Here is a pic from my camera...


https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...nize-them.html

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Thanks Epic. Thats what I was thinking was the closest match as well.
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I'm thinking snails. I have A LOT of them. They are rounder to the back and they start to point out toward the front. If you look closely they look like small snails. They kind of float through the air and attach themselves to the glass.
They're called limpets.
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My guess is they are Phylum Platyhelminth flat worms Even if they look round


They are a parisite and not fun for the fish Just a guess
http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/t/...flatworms.html
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My guess is they are Phylum Platyhelminth flat worms Even if they look round


They are a parisite and not fun for the fish Just a guess
http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/t/...flatworms.html

Ok that does kind of freak me out... because they are freakin' everywhere on the glass. I do believe the fish has internal parasite problems.
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Nah it isn't flatworms... it's cyclops... nothing to worry about, they might even make tasty fry or shrimp food if you have some small enough to find and eat them...
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I'm thinking snails. I have A LOT of them. They are rounder to the back and they start to point out toward the front. If you look closely they look like small snails. They kind of float through the air and attach themselves to the glass.
cyclops gets my vote - do they move in a kind of jerky way in between floating?
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