View Full Version : small shrimp/beetle things?

02-10-2007, 12:00 PM
At night iv'e been noticing small beetle like things crawling around on my new live rock. there really small, mabye halh a centemeter long and are slver with a lite brown stripe down it's back. i was just wondering what they are.

02-10-2007, 12:15 PM
i have them and so dose my boys tank i was told there good
i dont a camra that can zoom that small if you ca do ....do it please so we both can get a positive ID on them

ours look look whitish / clear and have a dark stripe down back and thay crawl like beetle too ..

thank hummer

02-10-2007, 01:24 PM
OK thank's, i'll try to get a picture of them. it sounds like you have the same things.

02-10-2007, 01:29 PM
Thank's, i'll try to get a picture of them. It sounds like you have the same things.

02-10-2007, 01:38 PM
i also have a small white and brown star shaped thing on the glass in my tank. so far i have only seen one. it does move around, though i havn't seen it move.

it's small about a half centemeter in diameter a is white on the sides with a brown center. i'm hoping it might be a baby starfish. i'll try to get a picture.

02-10-2007, 01:43 PM
the first thing you mentioned were some type of pod. they are a very good thing! your fish can eat them they will help keep your tank clean!

02-10-2007, 02:12 PM
what are pods? do they multiply quickly or will they grow any bigger?

02-10-2007, 02:24 PM
Pods are little flea looking bugs that live in your tank. They are a very good thing to have and should multiply. They hide in the daytime and are usually out at night. Pods range in size to teeny tiny little guys to about the length of a pencil eraser.

02-10-2007, 05:43 PM
What about the other white and brown thing i mentioned before?

02-11-2007, 04:38 AM
Try looking at this page:


02-11-2007, 10:40 AM
no the second thing isn't a pod. it's kind of octogon shaped and moves but i havn't seen it

02-15-2007, 11:23 PM
how do you post pictures?

02-15-2007, 11:27 PM
Click go advanced then go down to manage attachments click it (may need to hold Ctrl if you have a pop-up blocker) then click browse. When you have all the4 pics looked up click upload then submit thread. You are allowed up to 10 pics per post after that you have to make a new post in your thread!

02-15-2007, 11:57 PM
how long should it take to upload an image and do you have to do anything to put it on the thread?

02-16-2007, 12:04 AM
just click up laod and it should do the rest sometimes it takes a couple minutes. if it takes to long close out and try again in a few min.

The post must contain either 3 or 4 letters to post on the thread.

02-16-2007, 12:48 AM
here's a picture of the other thing thati'm not sure what it is. i've been finding more of them now4035.

02-16-2007, 12:49 AM
it's so small it'shard to focus on it

02-16-2007, 01:11 AM
here's two more pics4036


02-16-2007, 05:20 PM
i don't know what that roundish white and grey thing is

02-16-2007, 06:16 PM
Looks like an asterina starfish to me.

02-17-2007, 11:22 AM
how big do they get, are they reef safe, and arethey easy to take care of?

02-18-2007, 01:33 AM
The largest I've seen are 1/4" long. They are part of your tank's necessary population, are good to have and don't require anything on your part to live. Phytoplankton is ingested by pods, so if you happen to dose that, it will give them some nutrition.

02-19-2007, 11:10 PM
Thats what it looks like to me too... Those starfish are small and stay small.. They have irregular shapes.. 2 legs, 3 legs, 6 legs. Some can look really bizzarr! But be careful because there are some that are preditory and will eat corals! So if you see one on a coral grab him out! I don't know how to tell the diff other than that On that note I must have hundreds of the stupid things!
some where I have a pic if not I'll try to get one for ya!