We have recently discovered fine, tiny little red hair like organisms in our net tank. We noticed the waste was disappearing and didn't know what to attribute it to. We know that gammarus have just literally appeared in in many systems in Hawaii, so we thought maybe the gammarus had finally made their appearance here. However when I scooped up a little bit of the poo from the bottom of the tank and began inspecting it, there were these tiny little worms. Friendly has them too. Anyone else have these or know the name and where they originate?
Thanks for putting up the links MIguel.
As for the Gammarus, she indicated it was not a good thing. Normally they do just groom the organic matter on the roots much like Chi's shrimp, however Susanne said they were eating the roots and it seemed that the plants were suffering. I will have to clarify that!
Gina, is this happening in a system where they have greatly reduced the fish load or does it seem that the Gammarus have just outpaced the waste production?
I wonder if it would help to start supplemental feeding of the Gammarus with other small detritus that would be beneficial to the system as well as distracting them from eating the plant roots.
are they very small and dance back in forth in colonies? sounds like tubliflex worrms,, if you system is warm I can recomend a preditor for it let me know the temp and water hardness and the ph of the are the worms are in. Often called sewage worms black worms or red tubliflex. they live in muck
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