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Old 01-13-2010, 01:42 AM   #1 
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Strange creatures making their home with Betta

I just noticed today that there is some life in my Betta tank that is not of the betta species but visible to the naked eye.

What in the world are they, how did they get there, and are they harmful?

They're incredibly small. Like visible with out magnification, but just barely. They're motile. They sit all spread out on the glass, crawl around it sometimes and occasionally I can see some swimming through the water (they almost just look like they are drifting.)

They look like something you view in a depression slide in a biology lab.
Soooooo weird. I've never heard of this. Any insight?
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:01 AM   #2 
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A picture would be really helpful so we can help you. :)
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:03 AM   #3 
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A picture would be really helpful so we can help you. :)
Yeah, i thought about that, but I'm pretty sure they are WAY to small for a camera to capture with out a super, super macro lens, which I don't have.

They'd seriously just show up as tiny white specs. They're smaller than a grain of sugar, by far.

Maybe more like a grain of flour...
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What water conditioner do you use? If it contains aloe it can cause white things from what I've heard.
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:10 AM   #5 
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Hmm. Like LIVING white things? Because they're definitely some kind of motile life form.
I think I use aquasafe. I'll check the ingredients tomorrow.
I just tried to take some pictures, I have a pretty nice camera, but they jsut look like dust on the lens, even when they are in focus.

This is so weird! It kind of creeps me out!
My betta still appears to be very healthy, though. Maybe these things have been here all along...

Oh. They are also mostly kind of... tapered shape, it seems. And they're countless. Definitely countless.

Ooooh. I might have got some nearly useable photos if I just zoom way in on a high res image. I'll upload them tomorrow. Too tired now. 6 oclock class. Laaaame.

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Old 01-13-2010, 02:28 AM   #6 
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They sound like planeria (small worms).. they're not harmful to your fish and usually get into your tank by some outside source (like adding a new plant). Your fish may even eat them.
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:30 AM   #7 
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Ok.

Here are some photos. Best I could do with out a macro lens (I'm impressed, actually)

One you can kind of see detail if you look closely at full size.

The other I just included for a vague scale reference. They're actually even smaller than they appear in comparison to my Betta because he was in the background and they were in teh foreground. But it lease it gives a general idea.
Like I said, they like powder sized. Smaller than sugar.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4048/...6a74c270_o.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/...32ffc080_o.jpg






Click the link, not the photo, to see the full res version.

Anybody a bio major?
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:33 AM   #8 
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They sound like planeria (small worms).. they're not harmful to your fish and usually get into your tank by some outside source (like adding a new plant). Your fish may even eat them.
Omg. I remember these from my bio lab. They were actually kind of adorable. I felt horrible sending it down the sink after watching it...

They could be those things... but I feel like they might be smaller than the planeria I saw in my bio lab, but I suppose there are probably all different sizes. And i could tell just by looking, but from my photos, they appear to have a different shape... like either antennae or whatever, or like a pronged tail...
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Old 01-13-2010, 03:02 AM   #9 
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Does your camera by chance have a Macro mode? It'd be a little flower if it did... Try using that and the photos should come out clearer.

IF you are using that, then pack up from the tank a bit, illuminate it well and turn off the flash. Macro mode works best 3-18" on most camera's.
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Old 01-13-2010, 09:45 AM   #10 
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that so weird. they look like little worms.
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