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Old 07-09-2013, 12:06 AM   #1
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Tiny critters

I was just looking at my tank and where ever there is dark algae on the glass (in the corners on the silicone) I see tiny white specks moving around almost looks like they are eating it. What would these be?
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:33 AM   #2
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They are probably copepods and/or isopods. A sign of a healthy tank and a good source of food!
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:38 AM   #3
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I bet I could count 50 or so just on the two front corners of the glass. They are tiny though probably the size of a thin pencil lead.

Hopefully this is a good sign my tank is cycled. Or maybe the two have nothing to do with one another.

Ill check my levels tomorrow

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Your lucky to have them so soon, good luck!
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Those are extremely good for your tank! Many fish will eat them, and they are a sign of a healthy tank.
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Today I caught 6 of them and took them to work and put them under a microscope. Cool looking critters and one had live babies holding onto it and another had eggs. So hopefully more are having young and my population will grow. Thanks for the comments
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You have access to a microscope at work?!?!
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Ya we raise and process farmed salmon and have a microscope in the lab. Just put one on a slide and checked them out.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:35 AM   #9
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That is too cool! It's amazing how much is in our tanks that we cannot see with the naked eye...
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Yeah, one of these days when I have some extra spending money that I don't spend on fish or coral or a new tank I want to buy a microscope to look at my tank water at a different scale. I think it could be pretty interesting.
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