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Old 02-08-2004, 01:32 PM   #1
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Small white lice on glass and in water

I have a FOWLR tank which have cycled about 3 weeks. I then bought my first fish yesterday and everything seems ok until today. Today I find lots of tiny .5mm like lices on the glass and in the water. They have tiny little legs and a tail which to me is like some kind of pest. I have not notice any effect on the new fish.

But as a precaution I spoke to the LFS and I was told the pest is from the LR and I should not worry about it. I was told there are cleaner fishes which can clear them without using medication. I guess I am not sure whether I really trust what my LFS tells me and is hoping someone in the forum can tell me:

i) What are these white lices?
ii) Where they are from?
iii) Are they harmful to my fish?
iv) How can I get rid of them?

The problem is that I have cycled my tank with LR without light for about 3 weeks and I have not seen them at all until now.
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i) What are these white lices?
The lice (no s, singular is louse), are probably copopods or amphipods, they are beneficial detrivores in your system.

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ii) Where they are from?
LFS was right, the LR.

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iii) Are they harmful to my fish?
Unless they are predatory isopods, no they are not, they will actually be food for some fish.

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iv) How can I get rid of them?
You don't, or shouldn't if they are pods
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Thanks Kevin, that has cleared up my worries!

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