First I had algae and now I seem to have some Copepods in my tank. I don't even know where they came from!
I saw just a few of these -very- tiny whitish "bugs" in my tank last night. After some online research, I think they are Copepods, more specifically, I think they are a type called "Cyclops".
It has only been a day or so since I got a timer for the aquarium light, it is now set to 9 hours a day. I also have stopped putting in fertilizer for the live plants. I am hoping this (and manual removal where possible) will help keep the hair algae I have under control.
Apparently the Copepods feed on algae. Not too bad, but I don't want a tank full of 'bugs' either! I only saw a few, it was right after I did a partial water change. I assume they had been hiding in the gravel before I disturbed it.
How do I get rid of them? Obviously I am trying to kill off most -if not all- of the hair algae. I assume this is what the Copepods are eating. I just wonder if there is anything else I could (or should) do..?
And, anyone have any ideas how they even got into the tank? I do feed some frozen foods now and then. Bloodworms and Brine Shrimp. Is it somehow possible the Copepods came from the frozen foods? Otherwise I am at a loss as to how they possibly got in the tank at all!
Thanks for any and all help,