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Old 02-10-2013, 12:04 PM   #1
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tiny bugs in my tank

I recently noticed that there were this tiny bugs moving around my rocks but didn't know what to think of them as they are so small (maybe 1-3mm) in length. Well the other day I noticed the bottom of my acropora coral wasn't looking good and so I started to watch it closer. I noticed that these bugs were crawling around that part of my coral. They look like plankton from spongebob but because they are so small I can't get a good picture of them. Any ideas on what they are and how to get rid of them?
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I should add that I don't think they are copepods
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:13 PM   #3
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Most likely copepods and Amphipods
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Most likely copepods and Amphipods
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What color are they? If red then google saltwater red bugs. Compare pictures to what you see in your tank. Red bugs are bad.
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I think they resemble the red bugs you mentioned. Im gonna have my girlfriend come take a look since im colorblind and can't tell the color of them. If they are those how do you recommend getting rid of them?
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Never had them so I don't know off hand. I'm sure you can find a solution online. I believe that they are difficult to get rid of. You will likely need to QT your coral.
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I think they resemble the red bugs you mentioned. Im gonna have my girlfriend come take a look since im colorblind and can't tell the color of them. If they are those how do you recommend getting rid of them?
Look for predators of the red bugs. They will always have a predator. If they are anything like Copepods then try getting a Mandarin Goby. Those guys hunt down those things down.
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Look for predators of the red bugs. They will always have a predator. If they are anything like Copepods then try getting a Mandarin Goby. Those guys hunt down those things down.
I believe the dragon face pipefish is their predator. That opens up a whole new care level though.
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I believe the dragon face pipefish is their predator. That opens up a whole new care level though.
If he has a non aggressive reef tank. He could easily get one of those. I've had pipe fish before and try lived just fine in my nano reef.
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I have 2 clownfish in my 20 gallon tank. I'll look into the pipefish a little more. Also the goby.
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