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    WHAT IS THIS!?!?!?

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    They were all over my glass but i scraped them off with a credit card. i never see them move. but they magically move around.

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    they are little black dots. i tried looking up mites and stuff but? i have no idea waht they are

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    i also have no animals in the tank so can't be predatory mites

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    Do they swim around the tank?

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    Got goosebumps looking at it. Never seen those before in a tank.. usually see coepods, seed shrimp or water fleas.

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    Nia you always come out of no where with crazy stuff man!!!

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    They look like tiny snail shells.

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    they don't swim around the tank. i've only seen them attached to the glass and plants. and i dont ever see them move. if i zoom in i swear i see appendages...but my visual acuity aint so great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoof View Post
    Nia you always come out of no where with crazy stuff man!!!

    sorry dude LOL

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    okay. so I have a pixel 2. and i zoomed in all the way. they look like spiders or crabs. they are not microscopic but they're like the size of copepods or slightly bigger. and they're black. i will try and see if my phone camera can handle the zoom and resolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by looney417 View Post
    okay. so I have a pixel 2. and i zoomed in all the way. they look like spiders or crabs. they are not microscopic but they're like the size of copepods or slightly bigger. and they're black. i will try and see if my phone camera can handle the zoom and resolution.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/4g66Lnsa9MigQUcw9

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    I just think it's funny. No posts for almost 2 years then oddball Nia post, lol.

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    Hydrachinia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    Hydrachinia
    do water mites attack algae? cause it looks like thats all they're eating. i have no animals in the tank and they've multiplied into the hundreds out of no where.

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    Hydrachinia are not very well known, but they're absolute bottom feeders. They should make great live foods if your want to sell them at auxtion

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    "Adults and deutonymphs are predators, feeding on crustaceans, insect eggs and larvae; proto- and tritonymphs are pupa-like resting stages; larvae are parasitic-phoretic on adult insects (showing variable host specifity). Whereas most larvae leave the water with their hosts, all other stages are obligatorily aquatic. The immobile resting stages of several species have specific complex autecological habitat demands, often beyond the requirements of adults or deutonymphs (high oxygen level, natural sediment structures), and therefore cause dependency of the respective species on clean water conditions."

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full...8.2016.1144359

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    Quote Originally Posted by varanidguy View Post
    "Adults and deutonymphs are predators, feeding on crustaceans, insect eggs and larvae; proto- and tritonymphs are pupa-like resting stages; larvae are parasitic-phoretic on adult insects (showing variable host specifity). Whereas most larvae leave the water with their hosts, all other stages are obligatorily aquatic. The immobile resting stages of several species have specific complex autecological habitat demands, often beyond the requirements of adults or deutonymphs (high oxygen level, natural sediment structures), and therefore cause dependency of the respective species on clean water conditions."

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full...8.2016.1144359
    i've had them for a month now, maybe even longer without me noticing. Since they've multipled in the hundreds (pictures shown in OP) I'm inclined to believe that they're either not parasitic, or they feed on something smaller then anything i can see, if not algae. I have mentioned earlier i dont have any fish or animals in the tank since putting it up. so they're indeed thriving....anyone want to help me figure this out?!

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    Unfortunately this article is the broad scope for all water mites written with a greater window into their ecology rather than their biology.

    They're something worth harvesting, imho.

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    I bought 2 oto's. They're cleaning up fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by looney417 View Post
    I bought 2 oto's. They're cleaning up fast.
    As in eating the mites?

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