What's in my rotifer bucket?

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  1. Pastor Mike

    Pastor Mike Plankton

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    So I've been trying to breed clownfish and in one of my rotifer buckets I had a bloom of these things that don't really look like any rotifers I have ever seen photos of. My best guess from google photos are that I have a bucket full of paramecium. Do these look like paramecium (or maybe flat worms?..I hope not...) to anyone else?

    Could they be some kind of rotifer that I just don't recognize?

    Thanks for the help!

    Video through microscope: https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B3...zktOWVhZjNlOTM4YzQx&hl=en_US&authkey=CLKyrbsF

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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    They look like an Ameba or type of flatworm. I would ask member Pickle, either pm him or ask on his breeding clownfish thread.
     
  4. Pickle010

    Pickle010 Spaghetti Worm

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    Yikes - definitely not rots - and I agree, looks like a flat worm.

    I'm curious how that might happen though.
     
  5. Pastor Mike

    Pastor Mike Plankton

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    Well, looks like I will clorox bomb that bucket and start over with a fresh batch of rotifers from ebay. Thanks for the help identifying.

    Who knows how they got there. I would guess either from re-used water from my fish tank and then, or from a powdered algae product I tried for food when I ran out of nano.
     
  6. Pickle010

    Pickle010 Spaghetti Worm

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    As much as they say you can re-use your tank water - I never do it. I'm always afraid of what might get in the with the rots and honestly rot water degrades fast enough when it's fresh. I use sieves to try and not get any of my rot water into the fry tanks - I just figure if I use fresh water it gives them the bast odds starting out.