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#1 meso81

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 07:12 PM

I was looking at my tank today and discovered these White cob web looking masses on my live rock...

Please advise.... Sorry if pictures are too blurry.

Could they be eggs? I have 2 clowns and some snails in there only at the moment.. but the live rock arrived 3 days ago.. could it be something previously living in the rock? Or could this be some type of algae?


Notice the white Cobby stuff at the bottom of this rock where it touches the sand....
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And here on another piece of live rock in the middle...
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Edited by meso81, 16 February 2007 - 07:14 PM.


#2 SkiFletch

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 07:17 PM

Tunicates aka sponges. They're types of filter feeders. Benign and good :)

#3 meso81

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 12:56 AM

Tunicates aka sponges. They're types of filter feeders. Benign and good :)



Its growing more and more within hours!?!?!??!

Its real thin and it looks like spider web eggs or something

Edited by meso81, 17 February 2007 - 12:58 AM.


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Posted 17 February 2007 - 03:34 AM

The wierd thing about tunicates is that they have vertebrae as larvae :drool: They are the closest relatives of the chordates (vertebrates) known. Thus, you are, in a way, a direct descendant of that spider-web thing on your rock. Respect your anscestor! :lol:

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 12:17 PM

wow prety neat to no :D i also have one of those in my tank but mine doesnt get bigger by the hour :(

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 12:43 PM

At this stage THAT could be ANYTHING. If your LR is only in there 3 days, it could almost anything regrowing. Follow it and take some pix for us. SH

#7 meso81

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 02:33 AM

Spreading more.......


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#8 Ter

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 04:49 AM

wow impressive... could it maybe not be Spreading but regeneration? from something perhaps already therE?
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#9 meso81

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 04:05 PM

wow impressive... could it maybe not be Spreading but regeneration? from something perhaps already therE?
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Its possible, I guess this is the glory of having a reef aquarium and to see what the reef does that we normally cannot see.

I just hope gremlins dont pop out of my tank :rofl:

Edited by meso81, 18 February 2007 - 04:06 PM.


#10 Ter

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 04:04 AM

haha if one does ill pay fedex :P for a freebie :P
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Posted 19 February 2007 - 06:46 AM

i actually have something that looks exactly like this in my tank, i can only see it when my mushrooms recede when i turn out the lights, but mine hasnt spread as far or as fast as yours have.

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 10:37 AM

Hm well it looks like you have one of these in your tank...Rare species I must say but you'll cross paths once in a while

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#13 meso81

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 03:19 PM

Hm well it looks like you have one of these in your tank...Rare species I must say but you'll cross paths once in a while

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OMG!!!! :shout: .... darn it..its not even Halloween.. these things couldn't wait??? and they come as a mated pair like that??

What should I do????? :rolleyes:




Hehee :lol:

#14 meso81

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 10:32 PM

I noticed this morning that there are small tiny white seed looking things on the back of my tank... What could these white sesame seed looking things be?

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 10:58 PM

got a picture? you might wanna check ur tank at night with a red light and see whats going on.
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Edited by Ter, 20 February 2007 - 10:58 PM.


#16 Mr.September15

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 12:03 AM

Yeah there propablly shagging at night when your not looking. :hey:

#17 meso81

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 01:15 AM

Ok, Sorry for the blur....

Here are the white seed /spot looking things please advise...

******Please note its the larger size spots you see.. the tiny ones are air bubbles..but im sure you guys knew that.. :fun:

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And here is a visual update on the cobweb looking stuff....

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Edited by meso81, 21 February 2007 - 01:17 AM.


#18 Mr Miagi

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 01:34 AM

Those larger white blobs look exactly like..... white blobs LOL, JK. You'd need to help ID them for us by giving a description of their body shape, appendages, movements, activity, etc as we cant make out any detail on those images.

They could be:

- Limpits
- Isopods
- Copepods (I think that will probably be your best bet, take a look here at Melev's ID pages, and inlarge the images for more info.
- or even flat worms.

EditL: I also think your white floss is a type of sponge. If it is growing that fast, more than likely it will consume whatever it is using from the water, and die back. If not, if it is a sponge, you've got nothing to worry about, they are actually very beneficial.

Edited by Mr Miagi, 21 February 2007 - 02:43 AM.


#19 Ter

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 01:41 AM

I wouldnt worry about it at this point.. its a new setup.. just keep an eye on it... be happy some people get no life at all :good:
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Edited by Ter, 21 February 2007 - 01:42 AM.


#20 meso81

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 02:44 AM

Oh no doubt I just like learning...

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 10:36 AM

If the white spots are on your glass they're probably spirobids, tiny feather dusters :good: My glass is covered in them in the places I can't get the mag float to, as are my powerheads etc. Good little filter feeders



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