Unidentified Insect

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richard

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In my C.O. tank there are very very small insects "flickering around". they are approximately 1/64 of an inch to 1/32 of an inch. They are pure white and congregate on my java moss. half of their length is composed of what seems to be an ultra thin tail. My ghost shrimp has taken a liking to stalking these things. Are they brine shrimps? on the largest one i saw, it appeared to be vaguely lobster shaped. can you see Daphnia? I have no idea what they are or what their presence in my tank means. Is it possible they came in on a plant(even though I haven't bought any plants in 2 months and i just found them today)? Could they be some kind of parasite? Please give me a heads up if you know what im talking about....
 
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joseph

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How do they move? If they move with a darting motion they could be Cyclops.
 
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richard

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yeah they move with a darting zigzag motion. I cant find any size ranges on these answers you have provided. Id like to know so i can compare them with the ones in my tank. I googled images of springtails and the tails are too short to match. On all the pictures i found, they looked too different in body width. they move very fast like the ghost shrimp. Is it possible my shrimps reproduced?
 
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jennifer

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The microscopy site I gave does list the sizes of the organisms. If you go to the page on Arthropods, it links to a good page about Cyclops, which seems like a good possibility. It is also certainly possible that your ghost shrimp reproduced. If so, congratulations, that's a rarity!
 
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richard

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Thanks Jen. I completely missed the cyclops page. I am pretty confident by now that these little critters are cyclops. Cyclops are mainly fed to Juvies right? An adult is not going to waste his time with these? thanks again
 
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richard

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I brought some of these guys to my school and viewed them with the microscopes(as I have no idea where mine is..), and this insect is quite clearly cyclops. on other posts i have seen people mention that cyclops can be a pest to adult newts. Is this true? When Under the microscope, I noticed that there are a few tiny little white worms wriggling in the water - is this a normal observation of aquarium water and I am just getting worked up over nothing, or is there the possibility of their being parasitic? I can now visibly identify them(cyclops) by their egg sacs.
 
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edward

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Hi Richard,

I may be misrembering it but unless you are referring to anchor worm which is a type of copepod, your adults are safe from the free living copepods you see in the tank. Some of the larger copepods can predate on small larva but the adults should be fine.
It sounds like you are seeing the normal microfauna that is often found in the tanks.

Ed
 
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cameron

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Those are definately springtails. I found some in my container yesterday and took me quite a while to get them all out.
 
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    The tank is still running, I am cycling it (for 2 weeks) with guppys
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  • Josiane:
    Probably too soon, I read it take 6-8 weeks to cycle
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    How can I upload a pic?
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    hey! Don’t blame it on yourself. It happens. Is this your first axie? I’m a newer owner as well if so (I’ve had mine since Oct). I know how scary it can be
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    He's my first yes...
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  • Paige1warren:
    if you have the API water test kit, check all the perimeters in the tank. We can check the cycling process with the perimeters. And I’m actually not sure how to upload a pic lololol I thought it would be easier but I tried it myself and now I’m confused! It says to attack a link, I’m not sure how that works
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    Dont beat yourself up over this, your little guy will be ok 😊
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  • Josiane:
    I will do that for sure this afternoon! I really hope he pulls through :( He's so freakin cute
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  • Josiane:
    Thanks for your help :)
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  • Paige1warren:
    You’re so welcome! Keep a close eye on him and try to offer food a couple times a day. Maybe try some pellets too for a different smell, might get him interested. Keep me updated!
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    Will do, thanks!
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  • Josiane:
    @Paige1warren, turns out my pH was spot on, the test strips I had used were no good. I bought an API kit and the levels are all fine. So not the issue :( I just posted in the forum
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  • Paige1warren:
    Hey @Josiane ! I just responded to your post. Your little guy actually looks fairly decent for his size despite not eating well. I think it is stress from the environment
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  • Paige1warren:
    Also I forgot to add to my response on ur thread, keep trying to feed him bloodworms and see if he will start to take them. If you get a turkey vaster you can suck up dethawed bloodworms and dangle them right infront of his nose, might get his interest.
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  • Josiane:
    I rotate between blood worms and brine shrimp. He's in my bedroom and will stay there for a while, I closed the light and just left a salt lamp on. I will bring him a hiding place right away! Isn't he the cutest thing! 😂
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    Thanks for the reassurance!!
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  • madcaplaughs:
    @Josiane An axolotl of your's size should be on a diet of chopped earthworms or live blackworms (if they're under 3"). Bloodworms and brine shrimp are not a sufficient diet.
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  • madcaplaughs:
    @Josiane Based on the photo, I believe there is a chance your axolotl may have become impacted from ingesting sand. Axolotls under 5" should not be kept on substrate for this reason.
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  • madcaplaughs:
    @Josiane The nearly diminished gill stalks are also indicative of poor water quality. You need to test your tap water's parameters using a liquid test kit (not strips! Those are inaccurate). The slime coat coming off may also be due to water quality or the water conditioner.
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  • Paige1warren:
    Hey guys! Could anyone tell me like the span earth worms are good for once cut? I’m wondering if I can prepare worms for days in advance or no? I normally will cut the worm the day I feed it to my axie, but I really hate the cutting and was just wondering if I can do a few at a time so I have them already prepared. Do they lose nutritional value once cut?
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  • Lauruven:
    Im not sure to b honest. Id think once dead they aren't good anymore. Also I think0
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  • madcaplaughs:
    I'd avoid feeding dead earthworms.
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  • Paige1warren:
    Kk thank you I’ll just suck it up with cutting the worms :D
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  • Genie SynahMoon:
    My Axolotl just laid eggs!!! I have had Axies for years, but this is the first time I got eggs. I know that I can not handle them all because I was not prepared. Is there anyone who would like to buy some? Mother is Golden, Father is Albino
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    My Axolotl just laid eggs!!! I have had Axies for years, but this is the first time I got eggs. I know that I can not handle them all because I was not prepared. Is there anyone who would like to buy some? Mother is Golden, Father is Albino
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