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Hey everybody,

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I am SO FREAKED right now....

I turned on the light in my room, and then turned on the light in my fish tank so i could feed Honeycomb, when BLAM! I saw these white/transparent what looked like tadpoles....except the were under 1mm, barely could see them, about the size of a needlepoint. They ONLY stayed on the glass, except for one or two that floated into the intake tube to the filter. They seemed to just "glide" across the glass, stop, and mind their own business. Honeycomb is being himself, nothing new or different that i see. The tank has been THIS setup for 2 years, and i have NEVER, and i mean NEVER seen anything like this in my tank.I cleaned the water twice last week(Honeycomb tore fin), but usually clean it once a week, 25 %.

I am going to do an emergency water change tomorrow, how much % should i change?

I haven't changed my filter media in a couple months, because everybody has told me i should NEVER change it unless its falling apart. It is now brown, with algae on it.

Here comes my biggest concern: Less than a month ago, i invested in a Marimo moss ball. I squeezed the ball out ALOT and rinsed it in old tank water, did a water change, plopped it in and had ABSOLUTELY ZERO problems. I am starting to thing i might have introduced something into my tank. It does NOT look like baby snails, and i ONLY saw them today, they just look like TINY white blurs with a "tail".

Can this hurt my betta? Are they beneficial at all?

There seems to be about 20-30, but its hard to tell.

I AM REALLY FREAKED, and i appreciate ANY help i can get!


-MRBF:shock: Please help! I am REALLY worried!
 

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Probably some type of flat worm. It's commonly mistaken as Planaria so it's just an aqua worm. :) Harmless, but there has to be a source of food for them. Do more water changes and feed Honeycomb less. That's it. Oh, and I have that, too. When I do a partial change, I tend to wipe the glass with a paper towel. It gets rid of the worms there but there's still more at a lower level. Don't worry about it.
 

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Probably some type of flat worm. It's commonly mistaken as Planaria so it's just an aqua worm. :) Harmless, but there has to be a source of food for them. Do more water changes and feed Honeycomb less. That's it. Oh, and I have that, too. When I do a partial change, I tend to wipe the glass with a paper towel. It gets rid of the worms there but there's still more at a lower level. Don't worry about it.
It dosent move in an "s pattern" like a worm though....

i only feed Honeycomb 3-4 pellets a day....

SO you have had these little "pests" before?

Phew, i feel a little better now :)

Thanks :)
 

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They don't for some odd reason... :/ They just move around straight and all different ways. I do have them, most fish keepers experience this pest. My number has lowered because I have a filter, but I know you have one. :/
 

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MyRainbowBettaFish . . I just made a thread last week freaking out just like you about the same thing. I too have a filter and don't overfeed but I figured out these things came from water I left out with peat granules in them .. the water was out on purpose to get to room temp for water changes. I ordered No-Planaria and used it the other day but I'm not sure if it worked yet.

My thigns don't have a "worm" look either. . .or worm-pattern of swimming.
 

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honestly... they sound like baby snails to me. and they very likely couldve come from the moss ball
 

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Whenever you get a moss ball you should always QT it in untreated tap water for a week so you don't carry in any diseases or hitchhikers that they might have been carrying.

I don't know what it is you've got in your tank, but it seems like LebronTheBetta gave you good advise as that's pretty much what I would have told you to do to take care of it. :)
 

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Anytime you bring a live plant in, something might come with it. I seem to have introduced both baby snails and some kind of annoying white worms...the snails in spite of a QT, the worms from a not long enough QT. I pick snails out of my tank when I find them, and as for the worms...the first round I killed off with Coppersafe. There are a few back now, and at this point I kinda threw my mental hands up and just use the betta baster to suck out as much detrius (and the occasional worm) as I can each water change. One got stirred up into the water a couple weeks ago and Chicory ate it. Free betta treat, yay? IDK, but they stay out of sight so I am letting it be for now.

FWIW, the fish love the live plants, so I can tolerate if not appreciate some of the "fauna" that came with the flora. As long as they stay mostly out of signt and are not a problem for the fish.
 

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Thanks everybody! They DO NOT look like worms, nor do they move like worms. Could they be water plan aria or water fleas? Daphnia?

If they are snails, and if they are beneficial, i wouldn't mine keeping a few. They honestly look like little white blurs or white "tadpoles". They look like the shape of a rain/teardrop with white coloring. They haven't been affecting my betta, and Honeycomb hasn't paid interest to them.

I will do a 50% water change today and see if it helps.


I know i should have QT'nd it, its my fault :( But thats okay, i will deal with it :)

THANKS SO MUCH EVERYBODY!
 

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baby snails dont have visible shells either, theyre so tiny its hard to tell. ive had similar things in my tank, my best guess is snails or large infusoria
 

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Once in a while the "things" swim out into the water...or get sucked up into the intake tube to the filter.

They glide against the glass, and it looks like they sprint or crawl occasionally, not like how a snail would move. They are kinda fast, also.

Could they be sea-slugs or baby snails?
 

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I'd say they are cyclops. Cyclops have a white teardrop shaped body and a tail - if you look closely enough you should see a fork in its tail. The way you describe their movement it definitely sounds like cyclops. If they are they are completely harmless. I have a few of them in my aquariums and I honestly like watching them, your fish may snack on them but they shouldn't harm him.

I had a quick look on YouTube, do they look like these?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DaaIHBg0TM
 

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I'd say they are cyclops. Cyclops have a white teardrop shaped body and a tail - if you look closely enough you should see a fork in its tail. The way you describe their movement it definitely sounds like cyclops. If they are they are completely harmless. I have a few of them in my aquariums and I honestly like watching them, your fish may snack on them but they shouldn't harm him.

I had a quick look on YouTube, do they look like these?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DaaIHBg0TM
hahahah OMG thats the EXACT video i found thats looks like them, except they are way smaller, and i can't see a fork in the tail, and i have good eyesight.

They look and swim a little more like the second video i posted a link to.....where do these come from? In my 5 years of fish keeping i have NEVER experienced ANYTHING like these....where did they come from? I ONLY found them yesterday night, no sooner, no later.
 

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Hahaha what are the odds?

They're likely another species of copepod in that case. I have those, too. Micro fauna is perfectly natural in an established aquarium, especially one with live plants (even just a single moss ball) it's just... sometimes you see them, sometimes you don't.

There is a website about all sorts of copepods that I like to throw around into topics hehe, it's here:

http://www3.sympatico.ca/drosera1/fish/worms.htm

It has descriptions and images that may prove useful.
 
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