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Old 11-04-2010, 03:06 AM   #1
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Exclamation Odd Spiderweb Growth

Searched the forums here for almost 3 hours and could not find anything remotely close to what I have. So I decided to join and ask.

My setup is an old 10 gal tank that a friend gave me, I bought an Aqua Clear 20 for it, using an Eclipse F15T8 bulb in a hood.

I purchased 3 peices of live rock from a local pet store and a 5lb bag of sand. The Hermit Crabs (x2) Fiddler Crabs (x2) Shrimp (x2) Pigfish (x1) were all caught at the boat launch behind my house. I also added 5 lbs of sand from the same location. The shells and wierd looking kelp thing are from there too. (Identification of the plantlike thing would be nice) I've had the aquarium running about 2 weeks and having good results so far. IE No Animals have died.

I'm feeding them 20 Top Fin soft sinking pellets with krill a day, and some days they eat them all, some they dont. I'm running the light for 8 hrs a day and have it set on a timer to run from 10am to 6pm then shut off.

Onward to the growths.

Here is the best picture I could get of it. ITs much worse, but my camera is flakey. It is mainly on the sand bed and inside one shell, it does not appear to be affecting my live rocks.





Tried to get a picture of whats in the shell, Mr. Pigfish decided to take a photo oppertunity..




Here is a better photo of Mr. Pigfish. He changes color, I think its funny.





Here is the unknown Plant Like Entity.







And Finally. An overshot of the whole setup.





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Additional Information....I used my dip net to scoop some out and it is very slimy to the touch, also has a slight odor to it.
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Have you done any water tests? Ammonia nitrite, stuff like that? Something smelling bad isn't a good sign and not knowing what the water readings are us worse after you added new things especially.
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Had a friend (that gave me the tank) and all the levels are okay. He has been doing aquariums for 20 years and says he has never seen this crap before.
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That looks like it's a "Tubeworm", center of picture. These worms throw out a mucus net and catches particles in the water colume then pulls it back in to feed.
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That looks like it's a "Tubeworm", center of picture. These worms throw out a mucus net and catches particles in the water colume then pulls it back in to feed.

Well its nasty looking. How do I get rid of them?
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How old is your tank? did you cycle it?
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Tube worms are good janitors. Guessing you'll have to get rid of the rock if you want them gone.
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How old is your tank? did you cycle it?
Ran it for 4 weeks with just rocks, sand, water, and plants in it. added the animals two weeks ago.
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You really do need to test the water.
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