What is all over my LiveRock? (UPDATE)

Discussion in 'ID This!' started by netspawn, Jun 30, 2011.

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  1. netspawn

    netspawn Astrea Snail

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    Ok Just got home and took some more pics. I used a Turkey baster and it takes ALOT of pressure but they DO fly off! Do I have the BIGGEST Flatworm colony in the world??? Updated pics .. Sorry for the size But wanted you guys to see as much detail as possible. Also included is a pic of my whole tank so you guys can see how much this crap has taken over!

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  3. Magnus

    Magnus Sharknado

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    those are not flatworm. If I had to take a guess: sponge, sesile snails or some type of small clam.
    Definitely not flat worms.

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  4. netspawn

    netspawn Astrea Snail

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    So pest? Or non pest? But man it's ugly.....
     
  5. Magnus

    Magnus Sharknado

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    I really can't tell, bud. Sorry.
    I'm leaning towards little clams or sesile snails of some sort.
    PagoJoe would be the one to PM about it. He would pin it close enough to help with a decision. If they are what they look like to me, that is.

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  6. netspawn

    netspawn Astrea Snail

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    Ok so I am at a complete loss here. I have stumped all my LFS specialist. ( I went as far as taking in a piece of rock). To no answer.... I really don't want to bleach out all my rock just yet in the hope that someone here can help properly identify what these lil suckers are. I ended up picking up a handful of mexi turbo snails and a small tomini tang just to see if they will eat this stuff. I am determined to get to the bottom of this. Thank you 3reef for all your support. Anyone else want to chime in? So far we have ruled OUT cyano.. And flatworms... Please someone has to know what the heck this is lol!!!!:-[
     
  7. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Thank for the image.

    I am pretty sure if we could get a Macro shot of one removed against contrasting back round we could narrow the ID much farther down.

    It needs to be a close up tight shoot of only the item with the questionable ID.

    Can you remove one individually?
    Do they feel like they have a shell when you touch them?
    Have you added anything recently to the tank, in the way of rock, plant, cuc?

    Two people you might want to go if they have not chimed it yet are members pagpjoe and John @ Reefcleaners. I would pm both those members, before taking the drastic step of bleaching the rocks.

    There is an id just need an image I can see them on.

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  9. m2434

    m2434 Giant Squid

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    They look like sponges as far as I can see from the picture. Are you using tap water, or water from an LFS, RO/DI machine at wallmart, etc... ?
     
  10. netspawn

    netspawn Astrea Snail

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    Yes I can remove one. I will this evening when I get home from work.
    They do not feel like they have any type of shell at all. But they seem to have a feeding tenticle of some kind on the bigger ones. I have not added anything to the tank at all except the turbos and the tomini I just got yesterday. Hopefully when I get home today I will see some improvement.
    Coralline, If you can point John and Pagpjoe to this thread that would be great since I really wouldnt know how to do that lol. Thank you so much.

    Also what kind of background should I use to get a great pic? I will use this awesome thread made by Maxalmon for some tips on how to use my Nikon D3000.



    I am not using Tapwater. I have a Kent marine Hi-S R/O system. my TDS reads 4... But i really dont think thats the issue. I just ordered a new membrane and filters for it yesterday.

    Thanks guys for all your Help. I am feeling better about getting down to the meat and taters of this problem. I just want to grow me some SPS lol
     
  11. netspawn

    netspawn Astrea Snail

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    Ok just got home to post up some more pics, these things are very strange. I sucked some out and poked at it with a toothpick, it almost looked like it would "squish" then go back to full size.. lol anyway the PICS

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  12. Ron P

    Ron P Astrea Snail

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    That's starting to sound like foraminiferans of some sort or another. I've never seen one in person though so I have no idea what they feel like when you touch them.