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Old 03-10-2013, 09:20 PM   #1 
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White skeetering thing...

So for the first time in all the hours I spent staring at my newly planted tanks, I found an uninvited baby snail and I was like oh dear :T I picked it out but I found two more and Im sure there will be more to come.

Amongst my search for tiny invertebrates that I dont want in the tank, I found this itty bitty sesame-seed shaped thing sitting on a leaf. At first I thought it was a grain of sand rolling around on the bottom of the snail-cup but I realized that it was moving of its own accord. It's too small for me to get a decent pic, and I cant tell what appendages it might have.

It's pale whitish and really tiny? It's movements remind me of a cockroach or those terrestrial mites. It crawls rather than swims, and thats about it.

I know thats not a lot to go off of but any ideas?
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:30 PM   #2 
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My pond snail looked like an air bubble the size of a white sesame seed and yellowish off white color. I'd take it out and raise it in a cup and see.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:35 PM   #3 
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My pond snail looked like an air bubble the size of a white sesame seed and yellowish off white color. I'd take it out and raise it in a cup and see.
It moves way too fast for a snail though, and I think snail movements are more gradual D I'll leave it in the snail cup along with the other freeloaders for curiosity's sake but at the same time, I wish I could nuke the tank with copper and be done with it [but that's not an option sadly/obviously]
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Nevermind, it swims. If I had to guess, it's some kind of arthropod... copepod maybe?
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Copepods? Daphnia? I have bunches of them in my shrimp tank - they're totally harmless and can be kinda fun to watch.
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Gosh darn my phone's slow updating abilities. It does sound like some kind of copepod
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Gosh darn my phone's slow updating abilities. It does sound like some kind of copepod
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I did some quick research on youtube and its movements seem more similar to a copepod's than a daphnia's. However, I don't see and "tail" of sorts :/ are there copepods without tails? And it seems to spend most of its time crawling on some sort of surface rather than free swimming. When it does swim, it doesn't make any visible strokes... just zoom. Does that even make sense lol.

Here's my attempt at a graphical representation, it's so small guys, I can barely see it with the naked eye lol. I would guess that it's half a mm.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:08 AM   #8 
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I know nothing about this subject.... But I'm intrigued..... Very intrigued :)
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Critter Mystery Theater...cool!
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I wonder if the mystery will ever be solved :'D
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