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I finally moved and re-set up my 100gal diamond. I made several improvements from the old tank (I'll save those for a post with pics). I wanted to create a pool with semi stagnant water so frogs could deposit their tads into a pool of calm steeped up "tea water". The setup before had a pool, but it was like white water rapids comparing to this. I have an external canister filter cleaning and supplying water for the waterfall. The setup has gravel as the bottom. I made the filter intake in opposite side then of the pool as to not circulate the water too much. The water is clear and has a brownish tint to it, (from black water extract), there is a bunch of decaying oak leaves, some aquatic plants java moss and duck weed. It looks great - tads are swimming. Seems there are no problems. Upon closer inspection I noticed a bunch of little critters swimming all over there. These seem like quarter of the size of a small springtail. These are barely visible with the naked eye. I'm assuming they forage on the dead leaves and any other dead plant matter; these must be some type of aquatic decomposers or something. I just hope that their increasing numbers won't have any ill effects on the tads. I'm curious if the tads can eat those. The water is heated to 24'C, so it's a perfect temp for anything to grow and breed. I'll post some pics of the setup soon.
 
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If they look like little swimming trilobites, then you have what I have in all my tad water. I have no clue what they are, but they don't do any damage. I'm pretty sure that I got my culture of these little buggers from java moss that someone gave me, but who knows. Good luck with your new pets :)
 

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You might be right, Arklier. However, I have Daphnia growing in the water areas of my well-lit tanks. Nonetheless, I wouldn't say they looked like Trilobites. :?: Joe, maybe you have a freshwater shrimp of some sort . . . but most of those like cold water (to my limited knowledge of them).

Anyway, here are some sites with decent pics:

http://evodevo.uoregon.edu/people/Omilian.html --Daphnia

http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/.../ s6g6/page1.htm --Copopods (cyclops is a common one)

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/.../ branchiopoda.html --Fairy Shrimp

These guys are all very harmless to frogs, and tadpoles actually fare very well eating them (well, fairy shrimp are usually too large, and I doubt that anyone has these).
 
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Ive got this stinky turtle to look after for a freind and i have them everywhere in the water. A sign of good water quality IMO. I guess you wouldn't see them in a fish tank for obvious reasons.
 

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Why do turtles get a bum rap about being smelly? I have three and the 75 gallon tank they are in doesn't smell like anything.
 

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When people don't keep the water clean, the it gets smelly, especially if they feed the turtles in the tank and don't do regular water changes. Smelly tanks = poor husbandry.
 
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