THE ULTIMATE ID THREAD! Before you post WHATS THIS? LOOK HERE!
Posted 10 November 2007 - 10:06 PM
Posted 10 December 2007 - 07:57 PM
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Posted 10 December 2007 - 10:37 PM
I think i have Asteriniid stars. they look like Campbells Chiken and Stars soup and they have taken over my tank. I hope they are the harmless kind, but since they have taken over my tank, how do i get rid of them?
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Posted 10 December 2007 - 11:22 PM
Posted 12 December 2007 - 11:39 PM
Doapamine: Yea definatly a softie nudi. Most come in on finger leathers from what I have encountered. Check the underside of all leathers and especially at night. They can do some real damage... dont forget to look for eggs too.
Plankton: Only good way is to remove them manually. Find someone with some harlequin shrimp, they eat them right up!
Posted 17 December 2007 - 04:26 PM
Posted 12 January 2008 - 03:07 PM
Ok I see sooooo many “WHAT IS THIS” posts. I decided to make a thread where people can come look BEFORE they post. SO I hope this helps someone. Also help pass this along to anyone who is looking for an ID. Its taken me a while but let me know if I forgot anything I will add it. Its going to be very basic with a brief description and with pictures that will be under each description. The goals of this is not to provide information to get rid of the hitchhikers, or any detailed info but to simply ID them and then leave it up to you to search and find more information on removal of critters and algae.
I will start with the harmless critters:
Amphipods, Copepods, Good Isopods and Just Bugs: Pics in that order. HARMLESS
Now there are some 5,000 species so I will list the most common ones. These are all harmless, you will see them on the glass rocks and your hand if you leave it in there long enough, These are the most common species. Pictures in this order, Amphipods, Copepods, Isopods.
Mysis Shrimp: HARMLESS
You will probably only get a short glimpse they are VERY fast lol. You will almost always see them in your fuge, sump or back in the LR at night. At night with a flashlight their eyes will glow. They also make great tasty treats for your fish so as they reproduce toss them in the display!
Bristle Worms: HARMLESS
Jury is out on these, but IMO if they stay small they are harmless and actually keep your sand nice and clean. There are also large other species that can be very damaging to a reef tank, they will be listed later.
Tiny while calcareous worms, that mostly will develop in the dark areas. Filter feeders and a sign your tank is doing well, very common.
Feather Duster Worms: HARMLESS
Again like pods there are too many to list here however they are harmless filter feeders, and some can be BEAUTIFUL! I have some red spotted ones and some pretty frilly white ones.
Probably the most common “WHATS THAT!?!?!” Looks like a snail with ½ a shell. You’ve got to love these guys they are SOO cute! If I could buy them at my LFS I would. GREAT algae grazers, and have been known to even eat cyano.
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Posted 05 March 2008 - 09:46 PM
Any advice will be great. As you can see I am very new at all of this. Other then an Amphipod this is the first life I have seen other then the algae that seem to grow each time I leave the room for 5 minutes!
Posted 18 April 2008 - 05:59 PM
Awesome all!!! I added a collonista snails .... they look similar to sundials yet very tiny. Glad this is so informative for you all!
Very happy you added those, saved me a forum thread! Took a flashlight to my rocks after I turned off the light on the first night and found about ten of those little guys in an area that couldn't have been more than 5 square inches. All of them were barely bigger than pinheads. I did think they were sundials at first, and was worried I'd be stuck plucking them off with tweezers for years. I turned on the tank light to get a pic since my camera won't do dark shots, and all but one were gone when I got back to the tank.
I'm pretty sure the white worm-looking things are the remains of various calcareus(sp?) worms. They're hollow tubes that are about bone-white. Some are long while others are very short. Is that what I am looking at as far as those go?
Posted 19 April 2008 - 02:57 PM
I did not seem to find a description of a type of rock worm that will create holes in LR or eat the stony part of your frogspawn. I have spotted a worm in the rock that is like purple/blue color. Not sure what that is ... any ideas?
Posted 30 April 2008 - 11:37 PM
Thanks for your time this works great!
Posted 03 May 2008 - 04:35 PM
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Posted 05 May 2008 - 10:50 PM
What do you think this is? It does not seem like flatworm because it does not move like a slug. It is only 2-3 mm long and it runs kinda fast and looks like it can swim in the water too. Is this the Cirolanid isopod or some other kind of isopod? I found these on a set of ricordea I just bought. They were hiding at the back side of the rock.
Identified by Diane as "A specific kind of sphaeromatid commonly called a "sand skater." Reef safe."
Posted 05 May 2008 - 11:18 PM
(it's on the front glass)