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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-08-2019, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Particles appearing at the surface! What is it??

Hello all, I normally post in the breeding and photo forums but thought folks here could help as the issue started when I added plants to my fry tank.

* A little background info. - I moved my Mustard Gas fry to a 10 gal tank when they were approx 5 days and added Hornwort from my LFS. This was a week and half ago as now the fry are 2 weeks old. I know that this store is family owned and grow their own Hornwort in their pond at the residence. I've purchased this plant from them before which are currently in my other tanks (no issues).

A few days ago I noticed and explosion of pond snails as well as these particles floating at the surface of the water along the edges (photo). They are off-white in color, thin and sometimes curved. I thought the were larvae but they do not appear alive.

I've tried to suck them out the particles and tiny snails using a turkey baster every day but they keep reappearing (both). I've added 4 Assassin snails from my other tank but the particles are starting to concern me as I don't know where they are coming from or if they are harmful to the fry.

Anyone that can offer any insight or advice is greatly appreciated!
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They look like they could be Detritus worms. Nothing to worry about, they are harmless for your fish. They are pretty common in aquariums and could have come from the plant as they eat decaying plant matter. They usually make a home in the substrate. They're super small so it can be hard to tell if they are moving or not.

I never noticed mine until I turned all my lights off and covered the sides of my tank to deal with some bad algae, and they came to the glass then I assume because it was darker :P They float in the water sometimes too.

It could also be a bacteria bloom? I've heard that you can actually see the particles floating in the water sometimes when that happens.
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I thought they were worms too but they are not alive. They are actual floating pieces of matter that float on the edges then sink when water-logged.

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They look like they could be Detritus worms. Nothing to worry about, they are harmless for your fish. They are pretty common in aquariums and could have come from the plant as they eat decaying plant matter. They usually make a home in the substrate. They're super small so it can be hard to tell if they are moving or not.

I never noticed mine until I turned all my lights off and covered the sides of my tank to deal with some bad algae, and they came to the glass then I assume because it was darker 😛 They float in the water sometimes too.

It could also be a bacteria bloom? I've heard that you can actually see the particles floating in the water sometimes when that happens.
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Hmm...may seem like a stupid question, but is the tank an open top tank? Is there a lid? It could just be particles from the air, like dust haha.
Or, if you have hard water like me, the calcium that builds on the glass can get dislodged and do that, float at the top then eventually sink and dissolve. If its not alive and it sinks after becoming water logged, I doubt its something the aquarium is producing, but I'm no expert.
I would just recommend putting a lid on your tank if you don't have one already to stop any debris from coming in.
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Hi, yes I have a lid on the tank. Especially since my fry are still so tiny. There is no clacium build up as the tank is new.....these are actual pieces of something and wondered if they could be by product of pond snails or Hornwort.

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Hmm...may seem like a stupid question, but is the tank an open top tank? Is there a lid? It could just be particles from the air, like dust haha.
Or, if you have hard water like me, the calcium that builds on the glass can get dislodged and do that, float at the top then eventually sink and dissolve. If its not alive and it sinks after becoming water logged, I doubt its something the aquarium is producing, but I'm no expert.
I would just recommend putting a lid on your tank if you don't have one already to stop any debris from coming in.
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Here's another closer pic from the other end of the tank.they other stuff is water condensation....
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Not sure what the particles are.

To clean out snails, you could use vegetable clipping. I use a piece of cucumber tied to a string. Let it sink. Once "enough" snails gather, I pull it out. You may have to repeat numerous times, specially if there's an adult snail.
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Thanks! I will try that as well....will carrots or lettuce work? I think that's what I have at the moment. 😂

Also, these particles are increasing in volume despite my siphoning them out every day.
(Closer pic attached). The fry are still very tiny and I'm hesitant to move them again, but I might have to. Strange thing is, it's only in this tank where these particles and snails appear and not the others with the same Hornwort plant addition. 🤔


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Not sure what the particles are.

To clean out snails, you could use vegetable clipping. I use a piece of cucumber tied to a string. Let it sink. Once "enough" snails gather, I pull it out. You may have to repeat numerous times, specially if there's an adult snail.
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They look like worms. I've never had anything like that.

Lettuce works. Never tried carrots but any vegetable should work
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They do look like worms but do not move at all...
They are also sticking to the glass down the corners of the tank. But here is a closer pic. If I didn't already attach it.

Also, they get water logged and sink. 🤔

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They look like worms. I've never had anything like that.

Lettuce works. Never tried carrots but any vegetable should work
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