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Old 10-10-2005, 08:41 PM   #1
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it looks like my aquarium glass gas ick

I have little white dots, like large grains of salt, all over my aquarium glass. I used to have a few and now have at least 25-30. I read other posts about white creatures that moved fast, but these don't hardly seem to move at all except that they seem to be multiplying. What are they???
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Old 10-10-2005, 09:44 PM   #2
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Are they spiral shaped? My first thought is serpulids worms. Small featherdusters. They are harmless and pretty common. They can scrapped off pretty easy.
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Old 10-10-2005, 10:46 PM   #3
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I agree with Fluff. I had them on my glass when I first set up my tank.
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They could be pods as well, do they move in quick bursts? If they do, they are pods.
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Same thing I'm noticing. Looks like grains of salt. It can be scraped off but it sure is stuck on the glass real tight. Since I have a 110 XH scraping with something other than a magnet is a real pain. What causes it, what is it, is there any way of getting rid of it other than scraping?
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They definitely don't move in quick bursts. I've never seen them move at all with my naked eye....but they do seem to multiply. If they are feather dusters and I leave them alone will they grow into full on feather dusters and anchor in my crushed coral?
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Old 10-11-2005, 06:51 PM   #7
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The way I understand is, they have a population explosion, which is what you are seeing, then they sorta die back some. Not entirely but a good bit but. The calcarious shells will stay on the glass til you remove them manually. I'd scrape them off where they are an eyesore and leave them where it doesn't matter. It's up to you though. They stay really small.
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Thanks Fluff.
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I have these too, I was told they are micro starfish and are harmless to the tank,Thats what Ive been told...Ive tried to get a pic but they are to small. Do yours look like they are a little white dots with many legs?
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The 'white dot with many legs' are basically the same thing as serpulid worms(cept a different name I think). I have them, and the spiral shaped spots all over my glass. Its usually in concentratred areas and behind powerheads or rocks. I have left all of mine and just scrape/scrub them off when they get plentiful.
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