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5 years ago#1
missy33913
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White dots on the aquarium glass. They look like the white dots on the candy Snow Caps (just a little smaller). Does anyone have any idea what this might be?

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5 years ago#2
BooneyInc
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i had these when i first set up my tank, they stuck to the glass. but once i cleaned them off they never came back. i would also like to know what they are?

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5 years ago#3
johnarthur
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They are from various gases that were dissolved in the water. In Phoenix, when they take water from deep wells, a glass of water looks more like a glass of milk until all the small bubbles burst. The little bubbles on the aquarium glass can last a couple of days, but they're harmless.

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5 years ago#4
dkpate
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I have the same little things on my glass. They are not bubbles. They look like little creatures hanging on. I just assumed they were algae since they are only on the side of the tank that the light is on, and I don't worry about them, since my fish are fine.

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5 years ago#5
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The tiny bubbles last for only a day of two. The other white stuff could be an algae resulting from too much light or too much food.

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5 years ago#6
dkpate
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Well I don't know what mine is from, because the light is only on for 8 hours a day and I hand feed them so there is no extra. I hope it's not something bad...

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5 years ago#7
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I hope so too. Could it be lime deposits or water spots? Sometimes, dead duckweed will turn white and stick to the inside of the glass. Could it be residue from hand cream or a decoration not intended for aquarium use? If it's non toxic and doesn't grow, it's probably nothing to worry about. Please keep us posted.

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5 years ago#8
Phil Saint
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i had those white dots/spots in my tank they also looked like little creatures hanging on the glass. i cleand the glass reduced the lighting slightly for a day or 2 and got an oto(he loves the stuff) it was completly gone in 2 days and iv never seen it again so im assuming it was algea but iv never heared of white algea before.

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5 years ago#9
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It's not water or lime spots, I do know what those look like, since we have pretty hard water up here. I ALWAYS wash my hands before putting them in the aquarium and in between aquariums. It's not the duckweed, and these are like all evenly spaced. It's weird. Have you ever seen sea lice on a salmon? They are shaped kinda like that, like a head with a tail, and the "tail" waves with the water. There is nothing in my aquariums that are not aquarium safe, I am too paranoid about that lol. The only thing I have in them that was not from a store, is glass. A bowl I made and some beach glass, which has all been cleaned.

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5 years ago#10
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Lots of aquariums have little critters that probably hitch a ride on plants. Most of them are harmless. Algae spores travel in the air and are just about everywhere. If the white spots are alive, they need to eat something, and if they're not critters or plants, they almost have to be some kind of mineral deposit. Maybe a magnifying glass would help determine what they are.

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5 years ago#11
BooneyInc
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mine only appeared in the first few days of my tank set up. once i cleaned the glass they were gone.

they kind of look like dandelion seeds, if you guys know what i mean.

i hope this is what your talking about cos thats what i mean

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5 years ago#12
clonlaracyclone
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I had the same on my aquarium glass the first week it was set up. I left them alone at first thinking it was just things settling in new tank+would resolve itself But they just got worse so much so that you couldn't see fish through them, they never did any harm to fish tho
But like Booneylnc once I cleaned the glass they never came back. I did find it difficult getting them all off, they left like a residue on glass but I think my Pleco finished the job once my efforts had loosened what was left for him
Believe if I had cleaned glass sooner would have been easier job on myself

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5 years ago#13
mystic_goldfish87
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thats so weird you guys brought this up as I recently found some white dots on my tank glass too. at first I thought it was left over food or maybe poop build up, but i think it could be some kind of fungus or alge.

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5 years ago#14
missy33913
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I am wondering if my white dots are snail eggs. I am hoping they won't grow into snails because the snails I have are not supposed to reproduce in fresh water.

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5 years ago#15
dkpate
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I know mine are not snail eggs because the snails I have in there are livebearers. You can google what kind of snail you have and look at pics of their eggs to see if yours look the same.
Good luck!

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5 years ago#16
orcabc
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My aquarium have white dots as well; round, very small, non-moving and difficult to remove from the wall. I cleaned the walls a couple of weeks ago and now they are back.

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5 years ago#17
achintya
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it's snail.the eggs of snail.i also faced with this same type of problem in my early days...

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5 years ago#18
dkpate
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If you don't have snails or live plants then they can't be snails lol . Do you have hard water? I do, and I get calcium deposits on my glass too.

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5 years ago#19
orcabc
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I just had to treat my aquarium with Aquarisol so will know in a while if it was snail eggs (need to post on this topic next). I do have hard water. It's actually untreated well water so it is quite possible it is calcium or lime.

Thanks

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5 years ago#20
butterflikissiese
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It's called Daphnia! I've been dying to know what it was as well and finally I now I do!

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5 years ago#21
johnarthur
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Daphnia are small white critters that move around quite a bit.

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5 years ago#22
mystic_goldfish87
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thats pretty cool now I know too. they're suppose to be live food for fish or baby fish, so I guess it's not such a bad thing. here is the whole info on them.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphnia

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5 years ago#23
johnarthur
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You can buy frozen daphnia, and it's a good dietary supplement for small fish.

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5 years ago#24
bartimaus
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Daphnia. This must be what I have in my 10g tank. I just noticed the moss ball has ever so tiny little dots, so small they appear only as dots and I cannot make out what they actually look like. At first I thought they might be baby shrimp and I suppose they could be, but from what I've read, I don't think so. Could they have hitched in on my plants? I haven't had any fish in there for a couple weeks now.

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5 years ago#25
angela_brown
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Daphnia look kinda like fleas. Or like a round shell water bug.

Freshwater Snails DO lay eggs and reproduce, sometimes like CRAZY!

I had a tank that had the large variety of Daphnia... I think it's called Daphnia Magna - My daughter liked to watch them as much as the fish!

They reproduce like crazy under the right conditions, I even sold them as live food for a little while.

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4 years ago#26
brye
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I got these little dots all over my tank in little bunches i kind of think they are eggs but im not sure they are about the size of caviar so....

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4 years ago#27
johnarthur
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They could be snail eggs or fish eggs. What types of critters do you have in your aquarium?

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4 years ago#28
bryetheotaku
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a few neon tetras, a guppy, 2 albino catfish (little) 2 little sucker fish and a big black sucker fish and these little yellow guys that look like tetras, al 2 red eared sliders

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4 years ago#29
johnarthur
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In that case, the best guess is snail eggs. Snails often hitch a ride on live plants, and they can over populate an aquarium. A good way to control their population is baiting with lettuce or chard.

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4 years ago#30
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dkpate wrote:
It's not water or lime spots, I do know what those look like, since we have pretty hard water up here. I ALWAYS wash my hands before putting them in the aquarium and in between aquariums. It's not the duckweed, and these are like all evenly spaced. It's weird. Have you ever seen sea lice on a salmon? They are shaped kinda like that, like a head with a tail, and the "tail" waves with the water. There is nothing in my aquariums that are not aquarium safe, I am too paranoid about that lol. The only thing I have in them that was not from a store, is glass. A bowl I made and some beach glass, which has all been cleaned.
Hope you dont mind me jumping in as I recently had the same issue. It sounds like Planeria which is a non parasitic worm. Usually takes a ride on new plants introduced or with new fish. Their harmless. I also learned small Flying Fox fish will quickly devour them.
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