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<H1>creepy crawlies in tank</H1><DIV id=Qtextbox><P><STRONG>Author: hoges</STRONG><BR><BR>Can anyone give me any information relating to some little tiny creepy crawly looking bugs that have taken over a tank.

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You can see them all over the glass, but they are sooo tiny and white!!!

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<p></P></DIV><H2>Replies »</H2><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: GreenTerrorToTheRescue</STRONG><BR><BR>Are they on the inside or the outside of your tank?

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: Barra</STRONG><BR><BR>do they look like worms? if so, you probably have alot of organic waste inside the tank. as usual the answer to most fish related problems is "frequent water changes will help".

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so, just do as the advice states, do some water changes to keep that level of organic waste down.

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: lonezomebetta</STRONG><BR><BR>Hey Barra,

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Is organic waste bad for your fish?

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cheers

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Richard

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: hoges</STRONG><BR><BR>they are just on the inside and they are definately not worms!!! They are more round with little tiny legs, they just look like tiny spiders I suppose

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: lonezomebetta</STRONG><BR><BR>I have some white creepy things in my discus 6ft tank also, they look like little worms

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: hoges</STRONG><BR><BR>melafix should fix up ur worms!!! But these guys definately aren't worms!!!

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: GoFast01</STRONG><BR><BR>Have you fed your fish worms before... as in earth/compost worms?

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: hoges</STRONG><BR><BR>nope, just normal cichlid dinner....

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They seem to thin out after water changes but then multply again soon after.

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They don't appear to be doing any hard to anything, well I hope not, though the only fish in the tank has been off his food lately.

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: SeayTaing</STRONG><BR><BR>Do some have a mud case like home?

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Forgotten their scientific name however....

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If so, thats the result of overfeeding. Happened to me a long time ago. Some water changes will generally fix em up and just dont feed your fish as much as you used too.

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Seay

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<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: hoges</STRONG><BR><BR>Its just a normal brick house, I think!!!

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But the tank does have an undergravel filter if that means anything?

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<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: fishboi2000</STRONG><BR><BR>yeah i think i know what your refering too, they look like little pin head sized mites that walk around everywhere and they are white? i had a problem with these things a while ago they were constantly multiplying and walking around on my driftwood. They seem to cause no harm and they just dissappeared one day. I dont know what they are or how to get rid of them but just like to know someone knows what your refering to, thats if its the same thing

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: YeW2001</STRONG><BR><BR>Hi -

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Do you have a photo?

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-- YeW | ICQ: 259452</P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: lonezomebetta</STRONG><BR><BR>Hey Fishboi,

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I know what yor talking about now

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I had these little creepy things in my fighting fish breeding tanks they were everywhere and colonised the sponge filter!

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They didnt do any harm and thr fry even ate them!

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I think you could try to put some melafix in the tank, should help.

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hth

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Richard

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: Barra</STRONG><BR><BR>yes lomezomebetta, organic waste is no good for you fish. organic matter decays and releases toxins into your tank. much like having a dead fish floating around in your tank. thats bad for your water chemistry

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: hoges</STRONG><BR><BR>Fishboi you have it in 1, I hope these will disappear soon too!!!

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I don't think they would come out in a photo yew, they are soooo small and I also dont have access to a digital camera!!!

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I wish I knew what they were called so I could look them up, they look so outta place in my tank, they look like they belong on wood but not wood underwater

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: fishboi2000</STRONG><BR><BR>by dissappearing i think it was around 2 months, i didnt use any medications or anything i just waited it out and one day i noticed they were gone. So might be abit of a wait or you could try medication of some sort and see if it helps, but i say just wait it out as they seem to do no harm.

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: Barra</STRONG><BR><BR>

www.aquariumfish.net/info...ble_p2.htm

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try that link, ive done some research on them.

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: phatoscarlover</STRONG><BR><BR>Hey guys,

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Ive had the same problem in a 10gal tank with just a few BN and some drift wood! they look almost like newly hatched brineshrimp as soon as they come out of the egg (really really small!) but yeah i thought they may have been somethin more serious than they sound so i emptied the tank and washed all the gravel and its been about a week and i got some oscar fry who are happy with a new clean home now!

HTH Cheers Andy

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: Barra</STRONG><BR><BR>hi there phatoscarlover, do you have oscar fry? do you have a breeding pair of oscars? if you do, there are some questions that i would REALLY like to ask you about your oscars.

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if you could please be so kind as to e mail me on jeffreywan@astrazeneca.com i would REALLY like to learn what you already know about your oscars. or alternatively you could leave a post here with you email adress on it.

<p></P></DIV><DIV id=Atextbox><P><STRONG>Author: jaz1986</STRONG><BR><BR>The creepies sound like either a type of Daphnia. or Chlamydemonas.

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They are good for the aquarium, and it is best not to get rid of them... if you do want to keep them under control, try to get some small fish in there... either baby or some type of gudgeon or blue eye, or guppies or gambuisia (assuming the other fish wont eat the smaller fish... i didn't bother reading what were in there...)

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Both of these water bugs are the staple foor of all freshwater aquaculture fry... and their relatives are the staple food of all saltwater aquaculture fry..

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they will do a good job of cleaning up leftover food...

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And if you want to get rid of them... DO NOT CHANGE THE WATER... an increase in fresh water makes them think that the rains have come and flooding is about to start... i.e. there will be an increase in food... and so they start to breed!

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Good Luck

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Jared

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