Many small microorganisms on the sides of my fish bowl

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by maniacalmailman, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. maniacalmailmanNew MemberMember

    I started a fish bowl with two snails, a nerite and a mystery snail, about a week ago and what I thought to be air bubbles on the sides of the glass are actually tiny microorganisms. Here is a gif of them that I took with my microscope:  
    Does anybody know what they are? I have been feeding my snails algae wafers and a homemade gelatin made of broccoli, lettuce, algae wafers, carrots, and calcium carbonate supplements. I have a tank plant that I purchased from petsmart. Do I need to get rid of them, or are they okay to leave in the tank? If I need to get rid of them, how do I go about doing that?

    Thank you!
  2. Flare4123New MemberMember

    Since its a relatively new setup I would guess thats its just the BB floating around. Once they find something to anchor themselves to your water shouls clear up pretty nicely.
  3. PeacefantasyWell Known MemberMember

    Agreed with Flare4123 as you have a new tank, that is probably whats going on.

    I just wanted to say that gif is totally cool. Thank you for sharing!

  4. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Not beneficial bacteria. Small inverts natural to the water, but I'm not good with exact ID. If you don't have a filter, you won't get BB built up.

    What's the magnification of the microscope?

    How often do you change the water?
  5. OP

    maniacalmailmanNew MemberMember

    Hey guys! The organisms are too big to be BB because the microscope is only 200x and the organisms are visible to the naked eye. Any further speculations? Thanks!
  6. Bellatrix

    BellatrixValued MemberMember

    I actually have this in my fully cycled tank too.
  7. Grimund

    GrimundWell Known MemberMember

    I don't have any speculations, but can you freeze frame a solid image of one and circle it?

    What is your water source?
    Have you changed the water?

    This may help others in identifying
  8. axelWell Known MemberMember

    it could be some kind of bug or crustacean
  9. Aquaphobia

    AquaphobiaFishlore LegendMember

    Paramecia maybe? Or maybe some kind of amoeba?

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