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Old 02-28-2013, 09:54 PM   #1
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Red bugs

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So my tank is still cycling, 3 1/2 weeks in and I'm noticing little red bugs crawling along the sand. Extremely tiny things. I only have 20 lbs of live rock in 26g tank, in there right now. Any ideas? I am just starting out so I'm lost. They also look like they jump a bit. Any ideas?

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Old 02-28-2013, 10:29 PM   #2
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most likely isopoda or copapods, they're good to have, think free fish food
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sounds like pods they are a good thing
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:40 PM   #4
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Is there anyway to know if they are the bad kind? I saw something about there being a bad kind. Weird cause the LR and sand are only thing in there, and nothing until almost 4 weeks in. There's tons of them all over the sand.
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Most likely pods a good sign. You Probaly have a good population cause you have no livestock in there eating them yet. Do a google search on them and compare to pics online that should help ya.
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I also just turned off my filter and noticed what looks like little sperm, yes I said sperm floating in my tank. Little whitish clear micro floating things. Is all this related. Most excitement I've had in the tank in weeks. Lol
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There is no way you have red bugs (the sps eating red bugs) unless you have sps present. Relax and cycle your tank.
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Ok thanks guys. I'm only 3 1/2 weeks in and getting anxious. Tank isn't cycling well, just nitrate readings, no nitrites, ammonia 0. So I'm just concerned overall about where I'm heading. Thanks for the advice.
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Ok thanks guys. I'm only 3 1/2 weeks in and getting anxious. Tank isn't cycling well, just nitrate readings, no nitrites, ammonia 0. So I'm just concerned overall about where I'm heading. Thanks for the advice.
...this would indicate the end of your cycle if it was done properly. How are you cycling it
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Fishless cycle.. I added pure ammonia on a couple of occasions.
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