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#1 malawiman85

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 07:51 PM

what are these? Never had them before.Attached File  image.jpeg   137.77KB   12 downloads
Teeny white little buggy things.

#2 Rodders02

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 07:57 PM

I have exactly the same things, I just use a glass magnet and then do a wc

#3 malawiman85

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 07:59 PM

Cheers, Doesn't cut it for me... I want to massacre them!

#4 tropheus

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 08:38 PM

Whatever they are they look like hybrids to me! You should be ashamed of yourself and don't even think about trying to sell them!


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#5 Izzy Isabel

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 09:24 PM

I seen some in one of my tanks yesterday... they look gross and freak me out :/ so i put a couple dozen month old rubin red fry in, they seem to love eating them., and doesnt do the fish any harm. Not exactly sure what they are though...



#6 Westie

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 09:34 PM

Planaria? Or dragon fly larvae?

#7 bigjohnnofish

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 12:55 AM

planaria - seems to be a planaria explosion among hobbyists... i have em in one tank also.... i use No Planaria to treat them - or you can use levamisole (bit hard core) 

lot of fish will eat them too....not really harmful until they get into plague proportions.....

 

my question is where do they originate from and how the hell do they get in my tank.... 

 

and dont give me the _ "they live in your gravel and when food is plentiful they come out and multiply"  :)



#8 Jules

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 08:26 AM

id suggest planaria also. I have them in my ray tank so I cant trey with meds, but don't seem to bother fish. sometimes I don't see them for weeks sometimes the glass is riddle with them.

IMO (and sorry Johnno), excessive feeding seems to trigger an outburst - for me. A few big water changes seems to get them under control though.



#9 Terry

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 09:20 AM

They are Planaria,"they live in your gravel and when food is plentiful / conditions are right they come out and multiply"   :)

I haven't seen them in my tanks for years, when I was using beef heart they were always present.



#10 malawiman85

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 09:24 AM

They look more like .5 - 1mm bugs than flat worms... But I'll take your word for it...
I still want to make them die though!

#11 Bostave

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 09:47 AM

Copepods?

#12 malawiman85

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 09:52 AM

Yeah I wondered if it could have been...



#13 Bostave

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 10:39 AM

Limpets!

#14 malawiman85

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 01:23 PM

Not home at the moment but damn well could be!

#15 malawiman85

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 01:28 PM

Just looked at the pic in my OP. On the side of the wood in the foreground you can clearly see what looks to be a limpet!
Thoughts?

#16 Bostave

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 02:43 PM

The one the wood is limpet. The spot may be limpets. a ventral view.



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Posted 14 February 2017 - 02:48 PM

Limpets aren't going to cause you any issues mate, neither will planaria unless in huge numbers. Do a gravel vac and a few extra water changes than normal and it'll sort itself out. Its all part of the ecosystem :)

 

I've got heaps of limpets in my Jack tank, as well as MTS and shrimp & FW mussels. Cant even remember the last time I cleaned my substrate...

 

If you really hate them get a little loach and don't feed it.



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Posted 15 February 2017 - 01:51 AM

fill your tank with some vampire plecs - they will eat any crustacean that contains meat... they ate all my round flat snails to extinction.... eat cone snails as well if theres no other food available.... just dont think they'd eat them to extinction though as cones are quite often buried deep in gravel....

 

They are Planaria,"they live in your gravel and when food is plentiful / conditions are right they come out and multiply"   :)

I haven't seen them in my tanks for years, when I was using beef heart they were always present.

 

but how did they get into your gravel in the first place... they werent created from stone were they !!! ???



#19 Ageofaquariums

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 07:03 AM

Small crustaceans are very common in aquariums, they are the next step up the food chain after algae. Tellin' ya, a simple clip on phone microscope and you could have a species level ID easy peasy!



#20 malawiman85

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 07:06 AM

I'm waiting for the microscope 😩




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