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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-02-2008, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Tiny white insects

I recently tore down my tank and started again with all new substrate and plants etc. Its been setup about 2 weeks now with no fish in and im getting a few snails (obviously from the plants i bought) and also there are hundreds of tiny white insects on the glass.
There not worms they are like ia Y shape and they move fast ive also seen them jumping on the surface of the water.
Does anyone know what they are and how to get rid of them as im not sure if they will harm my future fish.
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Search for "freshwater copepods" and compare pictures. Then someone can chime in on if they'll hurt or help your fish. What types are you going to keep?

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I have tiny little surface-jumping bugs as well. No idea what they are, but they sure are fast!

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Collembola or springtails probably. There is some great video of them on David Attenborough's "Life in the Undergrowth", they're very common anywhere wet.

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I was just going to say spring-tails as well, since they're jumping on the surface, is there anyway you can get a picture.

By the way, how is "life in the undergrowth"? I've have most of Attenborough's DVDs and want to get this one also.



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Ahhhhhhhh, I must have these. I thought they were baby shrimp or something but couldn't figure out why baby shrimp would be round.

They're in my plant-only tank and they have no predators at the moment. I'll look for hungry fish in the big tank, maybe...

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issu...004/invert.htm
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