Strange bugs crawling around!

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  1. vinesh

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    Hi All,

    Please help! My new marine tank has been running for 4 weeks now. I have live rock, 1 star polyp and 1 mushroom ?polyp. A few days ago I noticed lots and lots of little creepy crawlies on the glass and tank bed.They, for lack of a better description, look like lice!!! The largest specimen I have seen is about 5mm long, they have a pair of longish feelers and are off-white to transparent in colour.
    My water parameters are all 100%, this includes temp, SG, pH, Phos, Nitrites, Ammonia and kH approx 9.
    Is it time to introduce the clean up crew?
    What are they? What do I do?
    HELP! HELP! HELP!
     
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  3. Kunhardt

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    What you are seeing is pods. This is a good sign that life is starting to grow in your new tank. They are good for the system as detritus eaters as well as food for corals and fish alike.
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    I should have been more specific... Amphipods and copepods...they are small crustaceans. :)
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  5. Theo

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    Hello and welcome boet. 1+ with kunhardt, and if you have a DSB you should see them in the DSB soon. That is a good thing, the more, the marier....
     
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    my pods have gone MIA :whistling:
     
  7. Tobes

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    Welcome to MASA Vinesh, hope you enjoy it here. If you want a bit of info, check out the link in my signature on starting a marine tank.
    Not to worry about the creepy crawlies, like the guys said, the more the better :)
     
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  9. vinesh

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    Thanks guys, feel alot better. I had this feeling of impending doom - 4 weeks of hard work, then some bug comes to destroy everything!!!
    I suppose I could start introducing the clean up crew?
     
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    pods are some of the best clean up crew you could have. relax, take it easy and let them multiply they are some of the best fish food you could imagine and should be protected a while so the population grows as large as it can.

    they are also excelent algae eaters, so they are doing lots of good for your tank :)
     
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