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Old 07-10-2014, 10:26 AM   #1
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Question about cycling an aquarium?

I had a question about cycling a tank. Which I have done many times, but I noticed the slime that builds up in my filter. I took some of this and stuck it under my microscope at 800x magnification, and noticed there is microscopic worms all in it. Anyone know if this is normal? Im assuming the worms were eating the slimey goo in the filter. But did not like the look of it so cleaned the filter. Usually I only clean the replaceable filter in the over the top filter, and leave the other mesh filter alone as its a permanent filter. As I heard its best to not clean that one to much. But after seeing the microscopic worms I went a head and cleaned it too. Im just not sure those things are supposed to be part of the natural cycling process,,anyone know?
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I honestly don't know - guessing those are pretty small worms. I don't think I have ever seen a post on this. How's the rest going?
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at 800 X magnification, you are most likely looking at the bacteria colonies you are trying to get to grow when cycling.
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Science - got to love it. Would be cool to see any pics!
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No it was worms.

No it was worms not bacteria, I know the difference. Did not save any pics of the worms , sorry. How I get larger magnification is using a cd. I did take some video of parameciums at 800x on cd, can be seen very well. at Parameciums amplified by a standard computer cd. - YouTube
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