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Hitchhikers

Posted 01/01/2012 at 09:50 PM by Aaarrrggg

There are still no fish in the tank... just a few more snails and some scarlet hermits. I'm still holding off adding Marley & Guybrush until the nitrate comes down. It's still hovering around 30... which tbh the clowns would probably be fine with, but they're my little preciouses so I'm being overly cautious. I figure the delay is probably helpful for the IPSFs critters to get established anyway.

Around Christmas I got a population explosion of tiny hydroids on the glass. They must have come over from my nano on one of the small pieces of LR.

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/hydroids.jpg[/IMG]

As i found out previously, (after panicking when they showed up in my nano,) they're a harmless type of hydroids that will die back on their own. There were a crazy number of them for a few days, so many in fact, that it looked like there were snowflakes all over the glass! Yay festive tank!

Another hitchhiker from my nano is teeny tiny flatworms...

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/flatworm-hydroid.jpg[/IMG]

I'm not sure where I first picked them up from, but they've been in my nano for a while. I had hoped to keep them out of the big tank, but I guess they had other ideas. As soon as I saw them in my nano I ordered some FlatWorm Exit, bur further research suggested that they are in fact a tiny harmless pod eating flatworm (Amphiscolops sp.) [url]http://www.wetwebmedia.com/flatworms.htm[/url]. I don't want to risk hurting anything by nuking them, so I'm going to leave them be for now. Apparently their populations boom when there are abundant pods to eat. So I guess that's a good sign(?)

Another curious new critter I spotted are these white/clear tubes:

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/strange-tubes.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/strange-tubes-closeup.jpg[/IMG]

They're sprouting all over the place in the shadows of the left most rock tower. At first I was worried they might be colonial hydroids, but as I've never seen a feathered crown or any movement, I think they must be some sort of sponge. The place I first noticed them is the same spot where I tipped the LS Activator from IPSF, so I figure whatever they are must have come from that. Pretty cool!
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