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Old 07-18-2008, 04:29 PM   #1
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Clearly, I should've read up more on this hobby before starting up, and now I am finding that what was intended as a relaxing hobby has me more concerned for my fish than relaxed.
Lately, I've been noticing these white critters on my glass and some scurrying about on the LS. At first I thought nothing of them, but now some are getting big enough to see with the naked eye all the way on the back of my tank. They started as thousands of tiny little guys and are now a select hundred or so larger dudes moving about mostly on the glass. Near as I can tell, they are Isopod-like in form, and whenever I reach into my tank, I do get itchy afterward...although I can't see anything latched onto my skin. My snails have been dying off and while my water parameters are all in good shape, I wonder if these little critters are really parasites eating my livestock? None have attached themselves to my fish as far as I can see.
I guess all of that to ask, how common is it to have parasites in your tank? Do they live outside the tank? Do they crawl out of the tank?
Bettween this and my nightly mantis shrimp patrols, I am finding this hobby has become a chore and a worry
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Most likely they're copepods. Larger ones are probably amphipods. Both are good to have. I doubt that's what's doing in your snails.
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They look anything like the ones on here:
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Old 07-18-2008, 05:46 PM   #4
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They seem squat in shape, not longer like the Copepods. They haven't latched onto my fish at all though. I wish the goby would come out of his cave more so I could inspect him, but he seems fine.
I'm kind of a neat-freak, so stray critters like these make me nuts.
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I remember when I went from a FO to a FOWLR I was on the net w/ WWM and a semi local FS all the time. It's simply amazing the amount of life that gets introduced once you add LR. Pray you don't get red bugs. Had em and it ain't perty
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they are nothing to be concerned with. their numbers will grow and fade with the amount of nutrients in the tank, along with the amount of predators. think of them as a free cleanup crew, and free food source for any mildly predatory fish you might purchase, like a wrasse for instance.
they aren't what is making you itch either, nor can they leave the tank.
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Most likely they are amphipods and copepods. I remember seeing my LR covered with these tiny white specks. I don't see them anymore, but I do see various critters in my sump and pod pile. As long as they don't look like these (isopods) you should be fine.
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See, I can't tell because they are so tiny. Maybe I'll buy a magnifying lens. None have parked themselves on my fish, so I am happy about that. I am also seeing curled up white guys on the glass and rocks, which I know are harmless, but they are proliferating.
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those isopods in the above pictures aren't as common in reeftanks as the creatures you are describing.
i'm willing to bet this is the guy you speak of right here-
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