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    this darn aquarium!!!! it's had one fish in it for months (otocinclus), no additions to speak of since October, i;ve cleaned this thing meticulously since, and now that i go out and buy one stinking goldfish... there are little white crawly things on my walls!!!!!!!!!! WHAT ARE THEY?[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]?[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] i swear i have never seen these things before today, and i JUST cleaned it last week! are they harmful? can i add goldie or should i isolate him in my two gallon until whatever these THINGS are are under control

    HELP!!!!
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    By walls, do you mean the sides of the glass? It sounds like it is harmless worms that originated from the fish food. Nothing to worry about. I've heard them referred to as planaria, but I am not sure. There are fish that will eat them.

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    I've had these. Planaria are usually dark brown.

    These are just nat larvae feeding off the algea that grew on de damp glass. Archer fish love them!
    but just filling the tank up with water takes care of them.

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    Check this link out for a similar description:

    http://p069.ezboard.com/fthetro....1.topic

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    I had those all over in Oklahoma in my tropical tank,there harmless although unsitely. Guppys(or Peocolia syn.Lebistes reticulatis) love to eat them
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    *phew* as long as they're not parasitic!!! i ended up adding the goldfish after doing a little homework and deciding that these things were not going to kill him, and that he might actually enjoy munching on them. i noticed that when the tank light had been on for about an hour they seemed to retreat (or they were eaten. heehee [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]) i guess since the oto has been the only tank citizen for a few months, my dad's gotten a bit lax *ahem* in keeping the gravel clean, and they probably multiplied off of that. so with a little extra cleaning (and a hungry goldfish) i'm hoping they'll go away.

    o and here's a piccy of the new fish [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] digital cam's are FUN!!!

    (yes i'm still fiddling with the focusing... all in good time...)
    "Seeds? Oh yeah... sometimes I forget they grow from those. I feel like they should hatch or something."

    ~a friend's observation of my CP's

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    Good, I thought my eyes.... J/k! Is that Cabomba in the foreground? Hey, I'm jealous of your digicam! I only have this complimentary Earthlink thing that is now non-functional. How did the semster go for ya? Did you survive dining hall food? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]

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    wow. You figured out what they were from
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    Quote[/b] ]little white crawly things on my walls
    ? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
    wow
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