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[APD] Re: Bugs in my aquarium or Fighting the mighty mites
Hi all, I've noticed i have small bugs in my tank crawling on my
cyperushelferi! I think their bugs anyways, they're dark, very small (1mm big), and they
move like bugs. Just wondering if anyone knows what they are and if they're
I'm a new comer to this list so if I were you I would take this advice with a
grain of salt and wait for somebody else to respond to your post. Maybe what
I say will provoke somebody into doing that.
First of all, I don't know what they are because I am not an entomologist.
But in my opinion they are probably very dangerous. They could even constitute
a threat to national security. If you want to get rid of them, you could try
dipping the plants in alum water. One heaped teaspoon per liter of water for
no less than 5 minutes and no more than 3 days. Use your powers of
observation to determine the time. Keep the plants warm though. Alum works on higher
order organisms. Unfortunately, your still probably going to have bugs on
your substrate that will crawl back up onto your plants. Persistent little
buggers, aren't they?
I don't understand why your fish aren't going after these little guys. Are
your fish vegetarians? Don't you know you shouldn't be keeping vegetarian fish
with plants? <g>
Another idea is to treat the tank just like you would for ick. The little
bugs probably wouldn't appreciate the formalin in Quick Cure very much.
Afterwards you could remove it by filtering your water over activated carbon. Just
be advised that some of your animals may not tolerate formalin. Also Quick
Cure can dye aquarium sealant. And I don't know for sure if the plants would
tolerate it although there are a couple of posts in the archives that say they
would. But hey this is war, we're fighting vicious little bugs here, so we may
have to take some collateral damage.
You could try using Hydrogen Peroxide. You would have to isolate your fish
first. Disconnect your filter and drop an airstone in it to keep the bacteria
happy. 5 ml/l of 3% fresh, newly purchased, as in not old and flat, Hydrogen
Peroxide under bright lights until you see that the bugs have desisted and are
no longer moving. I would not do this for more than an hour though.
Afterwards, you should do a 200% water change. I would flush, fill, flush and then
fill again if I were you. Then take your least prized fish and put him into
the water under close scrutiny to see how he does before reintroducing the rest
of the fish. Hydrogen Peroxide doesn't leave a residue and the substrate will
do a lot to exhaust its activity.
The above mentioned remedies are only speculative and may have a delayed or
even immediate deleterious effect on your plants. Not only that, the bugs
might survive. I checked the archives for a solution but did not find one. That
doesn't mean it's not there somewhere. Truth is, if you can't live with these
monstrous evil terroristic little bugs, you may have to tear down your tank
and disinfect it. By this I mean separating out your fish and plants while
disinfecting the tank. An alum or bleach dip should work on the plants. Hope
the fish don't need to be treated for bugs!
And so, "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!"
Sincerely, George Mangen
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