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Old 12-26-2006, 04:05 PM
 
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Default Tiny white organisms in the frog water...what are they?

I have an unfiltered water feature in my leuc tank. I haven't changed the water in a coupe months, but it's still pretty clear, except for the fruit fly carcasses on the bottom.

I just recently noticed some very tiny white organisms that dive around inside the water. They skid around up and down near the glass. They move almost like daphnia, but I can't tell what they are. I do have springtails in the tank as well. Do springtails have an aquatic larval stage?

All my frogs appear happy and health, and I'm just hoping these white critters are not some sort of parasite.
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I doubt they are parasites. The only thing I think they could be are baby springtails, but baby springtails dont swim around under the water. Probably nothing bad so I wouldn't worry about it.
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i did a post similar to this a couple days ago and they seem to be daphnia


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Be carefull, I had a similar outbreak in one of my 2.5 gal tadpole tanks and they wiped out a whole clutch of full grown tinc tads in less than 12 hours. If they multiplied very rapidly (from nothing one day, to hundreds the next) it's probably a similar parasite. Use a copper treatment of some sort and then do a 100% water change after they are dead and keep an eye out for more in the future.
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Do not do that ^ to your viv! More than likely you are just seeing a copepod bloom.
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I 2nd Chris, don't use copper solutions. I doubt this is anything serious, probably just aquatic fauna. I have bunch of 'swimmers' in my tanks too.
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Copper in even the smallest amounts is fatal to all moss and to the best of my knowledge all broms also. If there are no tadpoles in the water, I would not worry about them.
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Thats why I am getting a fish for mine...so it can eat the organisms

Maybe a betta fish if there is room for it would help your problem?
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fish are vectors for alot of parasites
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Youíll also find that fish rarely eat copepods. In general it is probably best not to try to keep fish is the small volume of water that the typical viv offers. black_envy, donít you have a 10 gallon viv? Youíre water feature really isnít going to have enough water to properly house a fish.
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No the fish is going in my 30 gallon...I wouldn't try and stick any fish in an inch of water...

It's about 6-7 inches deep at least 3 gallons
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If they are thread like they could be white worms. They are nothingto worry about, they act like part of the clean up crew for the water.
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