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Weird inhabitant

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Tuesday, July 03, 2001 - 12:22 pm
Noticed something weird in my tank today as I was feeding. I noticed one of my fish going after what looked like a really tiny piece of flake. I was amazed to find that the "flake" avoided the fish and darted away. THis happened a couple more times until it dove down into the substrate. Upon closer inspection, it looked like a really tiny white speck in sort of a triangular shape. Does anyone have a clue as to what this might be?



Tuesday, July 03, 2001 - 05:16 pm
have you ever watched or read "Horton Hears a Who"?

If you turn off your filter and stay quiet for a while, you may be able to hear them faintly chanting, " We're here! We're here! We're here!"



Wednesday, July 04, 2001 - 12:01 am
cq..flat with kinda arrowhead shape head?..could be planaria...feeding on waste in substrate..



Wednesday, July 04, 2001 - 09:35 am
Thanks Jeff. Are they dangerous to fish? Should I be doing anything to get rid of these things? I noticed more today



Wednesday, July 04, 2001 - 09:44 am
Testing to see if I can post here. I can't seem to post on any of the other topics but this went the first time so will try to help here.

If you have live plants, they may have entered the tank in this way. They will not hurt anything as long as their numbers are kept in check. Siphoning the gravel surface, "underfeeding" the fish or getting a gourami to eat them will help reduce them. I don't know of a product right now that will kill them, but maybe Jeff will have an idea.

Overfeeding and poor maintenance of a tank are the reasons these critters develop and mulitply.





Wednesday, July 04, 2001 - 11:21 am didn't confirm that's what I described..if it is planaria(most likely) kick said usually overfeeding is the problem..simply stop feedin for a few days of try the blue or 3 spot gourami as kick suggested..



Wednesday, July 04, 2001 - 02:28 pm
I really don't know Jeff. How big do planaria get? These things look like little triangular shaped specks. I did a little research on planaria on the net and the pictures I saw don't really correspond to what's in my tank. They literally are little tiny specks. I will keep a close watch and let you know if I see anything new. At any rate, thanks for all your help



Wednesday, July 04, 2001 - 03:56 pm prob..I just wanted to be sure is all..planaria can get to about 1/2" long..if you can just suck some out of your substrate and look at them through a magnifying glass if you can..then we will know for sure



Thursday, July 05, 2001 - 10:01 am
It may not be planaria or maybe they are in the juvenile form right now and eyeballing them can't tell you exactly what they are yet. As Jeff mentioned, if you can catch one, look under mag glass and describe further, you many have some kind of "bug" instead. At any rate, if it "avoided" the fish, maybe the fish you have in the tank will eventually eat them. But I would hold back on the feeding some to diminish their food supply. If you think planaria is not what you have, email me and I can send you some pictures and maybe you can decide from there what is swimming around "unwanted" in your tank.



Friday, July 06, 2001 - 01:26 pm
It sounds like it could be a sea monkey (juvenile ghost shrimp). Do you keep any shrimp? They make good food if that's what it is.



Friday, July 06, 2001 - 01:50 pm
Don't keep any shrimp. I have been keeping my eyes peeled for these things the last couple of days and have seen nothing. Maybe my platies are eating whatever they are (God knows they eat everything else that gets in their way). BTW, I now have a tank full of platies: 3 originals, 3 juveniles that survived from the last batch of fry, and around 10-15 new fry and one of my females is pregnant again! Very overwhelming. Should have done more research on livebearers before I bought them. I either need to find a fish that thinks little platies make a great afternoon snack or find someone to take all these fish off my hands when they grow up!!



Friday, July 06, 2001 - 01:50 pm
On the bright side, looks like all the posting problems are fixed. No problems today or yesterday



Friday, July 06, 2001 - 10:49 pm
Cq sometimes the parents will eat the fry. Are you saving them all or are your platy just being 'nice' parents? I know if you had swordtails in there they would chow them down. Platy are less likely to eat fry than most of the other livebearers.


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