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Mysterious eight legged creature

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by FreshPuff, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. FreshPuff

    FreshPuff Junior Poster

    Jun 30, 2012
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    Hello fellow aquarists-
    Let me start by telling you what is going on. Yesterday I purchased a couple of pipe fish from a LFS here in town. unfortunately, I found them dead this morning. the fish did not make it through the night in my planted tank. When I was taking the dead fish out I noticed a few small dots and squiggly lines moving along the water line. I did not dose the tank with fertilizers that day and drip acclimated all of the pipe fish. They are too hard to see with the naked eye so I snapped some shots with my macro lens and this is what I found:
    For a sense of perspective the leaf in this picture is roughly one cm long.
    If you can't make out what you are looking at, here is a close up:
    All these creatures are behind the glass and under the waterline. When I tested the water after removing the fish, ammonia was present. Could the presence of ammonia drive these creatures out from the substrate and up the glass? I have never seen these things in my tank before. I am trying to figure out whether or not I have had them all along or perhaps the wild caught pipe fish introduced a parasite. I have heard that these organisms are part of the microfauna of established tanks. What do you all think?

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