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