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Old 11-30-2010, 08:31 PM   #1 
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Exclamation What's swimming in my tank?!

I just looked at my 10 gal tank, that has my betta, a shrimp, an african dwarf frog and a snail and I saw these little white bugs swimming in the water! They are super small, whitish color and swim very robot like..... I just did a 20% water change yesterday... And I haven't added any new live plants. What are they? and most importantly can they harm my betta?
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:41 PM   #2 
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Can you post a pic?
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:42 PM   #3 
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Can you give a little more detail? A pic, would be great. How big are they, what shape, are they in the water, on the glass, in the gravel?
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:43 PM   #4 
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probably infusoria becuase in tanks those white tiny ti=hings are suppose to be there
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:46 PM   #5 
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I'm betting it's planeria, they're harmless whiteish worm thingies, though a picture would be very helpful
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:51 PM   #6 
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Yes. A picture.
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:56 PM   #7 
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They are super small, whitish color and swim very robot like...
The fact that they swim like robots is quite creepy.
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:22 PM   #8 
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The fact that they swim like robots is quite creepy.
and so the matrix becomes reality
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:01 PM   #9 
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well a picture is really hard because they are so small.... I looked really hard and when the bubbler isn't on they free swim and when I turn it on they stick to the glass... it looks like they have a tiny rod or tail.... they swim like robots like one step next step, hard to explain but its freaky! lols
I have lots of live plants in my tank some that I took from a local pond this summer, could they be some sort of pond bug? also I did a 100% with gravel cleaning and everything a little bit less than a month ago so the tank is pretty clean and that should have removed any weird creatures.... I still do 20-30% water changes weekly w/ gravel vacuum too
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I'm also thinking it might be planeria. Sounds like it from your description. They're harmless, but from what I understand they can come up when your gravel has a lot of waste/uneaten food. i think doing regular water changes and cleaning the gravel should help in that case.
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