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Old 05-11-2013, 06:09 PM   #1 
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Question small bugs in my tank?! help!

I just noticed that there are some tiny small bugs in my tank...

It is very hard to notice, it appears to be a white dot, almost like dust. Until I use my Macro lense... then I see this

So weird!! what exactly is this?! and is it bad for my betta/me?

Please help...

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Old 05-11-2013, 06:21 PM   #2 
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I believe they are freshwater copepods. I looked them up, and most sources say they are not harmful and are actually an indication that you have a healthy tank:
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:08 PM   #3 
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First and last= cyclops.
Middle- planaria.

Cyclops are totally safe to have, some fish who see them will eat them. Planaria can harm baby fish/inverts and are way grosser.
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Old 06-08-2013, 09:18 PM   #4 
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Yes! Discovered a different type in my tank, kind of long, triangular, white little bugs. It's a ten gallon divided into three sections, live plants, snails. Water is perfect, everyone is thriving, including the visitors. Watching Reddy, Willy and Able hunt these bugs is a riot. They zero in on an area at the bottom and then freeze for several seconds, when one zips by they go for it. Like little barracuda... so cool. Definitely makes watching them more fun.

also.... wondering what I'm going to do for feeding when I'm on vacation just got easier with these bugs. Thinking about siphoning some of them into the other tank and starting a colony there.

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