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Please help me ID these 9/28/14
I found these creatures living all over the walls in the drain chamber
of my sump. At first I thought were pods, but
after a closer look, I'm nor sure. I wanted to
ID them to assure they are not a threat. I found similar
pictures online, but I'm not sure.
<Scypha sponge. Commonly referred to as Q-tip or pineapple sponge.
Harmless filter feeders.>
Thank you very much,
Critter id please
I just bought my first reef tank off of a friend whose wife wanted it
Every day things keep popping up in there and most I can find but these
are throwing me for a loop. This is in a 65 gallon tank.
think this one is a feather duster but not sure as its under a ledge of
rock and is about the size of a stickpin head
[image: Inline image 1]
<The one with the duster head and obvious radioles is such>
This one I shared with a group and they told me it
was a sea apple but after looking at sea apple images and such it looks
nothing like it and a guy today who looked at it said it might be a
bivalve. now I have noticed 2 of them on opposite ends of the tank.
I appreciate any information that you can give me these. Thank you
<The other white bit is likely a sponge. Bob Fenner>
Post<ing> pic <guidelines>, and polyp ID
1st off I have taken a couple of pics regarding my problem but do not
know how to post them.
<Ah; please send as jpg.s... attached files... of not too large a
hundreds of Kbytes>
Problem; 220 gal about 4 months old. About 1-2 weeks ago noticed
something I've never seen before. (I've had several large tanks in the
past) This pest resemble a filament alternating brown and white
with something resembling a polyp of some sort and its' terminus,
slightly thicker than thread.
<Mmm, sounds like a Hydrozoan... a stinging hydroid... Plenty of these
in the wild; including down where we're diving presently in Cozumel>
I just removed a Kenya tree to examine/ remove it. It seems as though it
started at the bottom of the attached rock, went in 4
directions.(Picture tying a package with twine) It is EXTREMELY strong.
Could not break it with my fingers. It had to be cut away with scissors.
(Think banjo string)
<?! Something inorganic>
I have noticed this in 4-6 places in the tank and
naturally want to find out what it is. I know; tough without a photo,
but will attach one with
Any help appreciated.
<My guess is still... Please see here:
and the linked files above in this series. Bob Fenner>
Emailing: tank pest 002.jpg, tank pest 001.jpg
Bob, These are the pics of the critter I spoke of......Hydrozoan?
<? This appears to be string/twine of some sort. Do you have a friend w/
simple USB hook up microscope? BobF>
String/cord of some sort
Little White Dust Bunnies 3/8/14
Hi! I was hoping you could help me identify what is growing on the
inside of my overflow box. They like little white dust bunnies. They
attach to the glass & tubes and seem to be hairy as they wave with the
Please see the attached photos. This is on a 200 gallon fish only Salt
water tank. -Ron
<Ah, almost assuredly these are Syconoid sponges... see WWM re.
Name of this hard coral? 2/24/14
I live in Tulum, Mexico. Me and a friend came across this hard coral we had
never seen before. (photo attached). It was in the biosphere reserve
of Sian Ka'an. We would like to know the name of it.
Thank you heaps!
<Mmm; this isn't a coral, Cnidarian period; but a sponge... a Poriferan.
Identification help? Tadpole larvae 2/2/14
I have this posted at nano-reef.com, you folks were suggested as
Any help identifying what these are?
<Any chance of a close-up pic? My present guess is that these are salps...
I have a 3 week old reef tank (Nanocube 28g) in the final stages of
I have no corals, just 3 Chromis, and a clean up crew.
Re: Identification help? Salp guess 2/2/14
I just received this blank message. Was there supposed to be a message?
<Bizarre... Do you see the response below? BobF>
RE: Identification help? 2/2/14
Right... will leave out the carats <<>>... Salps is my best guess. Bob
Oh, I see, your comment was below mine. I was looking between the headers.
I see the answers in between "<" and ">". That was the closest image I could
manage with my equipment. They are no longer present, were there in a cloud,
and were gone in 45 minutes or so, when I wasn't watching.
Here are links to the full size, unmodified 16 megapixel images I took.
They really don't look like salps, based on a Google image search. Each of
these are 7MB images.