Was looking at one of my tanks last night, and noticed all these... things... stuck to the glass. Also noticed they are stuck to some of the plants as well. They are small (less than 1mm) roundish, translucent/white and tethered to the glass by what appears to be a single, thread like filament. They dont appear to move on their own, but sway with the current. I've looked through pages and pages of algae types, read through other discussions where people have asked what these were and someone suggested hydra? But these look nothing like the pics of hydra i've found (maybe just in the early stages?). It doesnt look like any of the parasites I'm familiar with, so I am appealing to you nice people to tell me if you've ever seen anything like this... and how to take care of it.
The tank is a small (1.5 gal) tetra with a single female betta and two dwarf frogs. Sand substrate. Its been up and running for over a month, and is certainly due for a water change right about now, though i havent actually tested the water. We never acutally turn the tank light on, but its in a well lit room with indirect sunlight most of the day. I do not see any of these things attaching to the critters themselves. I have also not yet tried removing them manually as right now they are all stuck to the glass, and that seems a better place for something I'm unsure of than floating freely in the water column.
If its simply an algae thing, great, i'll do some water changes and maybe toss an otto in there (was planning on getting a crew for the other tank anyway, whats one more?) for clean up duty...
Im more concerned with dealing with fungus or parasites, and how to treat them, particularly with frogs in the tank.
Here are some pics i took just this morning, and some links to videos of the stuff so you can see how its attached and moves with the current.IMG_0194
, on Flickr IMG_0193
, on Flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/ssorca19/5776695607/
video 1, showing a bunch of themhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/ssorca19/5776723215/
video 2, better close up. Is blurry in the beginning, wait till about the 30 sec mark for the most clear vid segment i managed to shoot. And I apologize for the music in the background, wasnt paying attention to the fact the radio was still on when I was shooting.
Well, any ideas? I'd love to hear them! Huge thanks in advance!