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?
with the fish
With the waater
on the roots of water plants
I expect in HI it is mostly commonly from the source water or with the water when introducing the fish.
Or when the random person puts a water plant in the system to keep it alive
or any other debris that might have had contact with an aquatic environment and not been totally sterilized before contacting the system.
The little critters are small enough that it would be incredibly easy to miss them when getting new fish.
Gotcha. If what I saw this am were Gammarus, I have no explanation for their appearance in our system as there has been no introduction of new fish, water plants or debris that had contact with an aquatic environment.