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Old 02-06-2004, 06:31 PM   #1
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two ? Small worm and mushroom

Last night i noticed two small whitish almost kind of clear worms moving in and out of a rock. One was about a inch long and the other was about a half inch long. The rock that i seen them in has mushrooms and a few small feather dusters. Are these ok?


Mushroom? I have a single mushroom that has what looks like a small white spot in the middle of it. (looks like really small pieces of pasta)This mushroom does not open all the way. Could this be some type of parasite?


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Old 02-06-2004, 11:47 PM   #2
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Last night i noticed two small whitish almost kind of clear worms moving in and out of a rock. One was about a inch long and the other was about a half inch long. The rock that i seen them in has mushrooms and a few small feather dusters. Are these ok?
Most worms you will find are primarily safe with the exception of a rare few. Chances are it is either a common bristle or peanut worm. I know it can be near impossible but a pic would tell for sure.

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Mushroom? I have a single mushroom that has what looks like a small white spot in the middle of it. (looks like really small pieces of pasta)This mushroom does not open all the way. Could this be some type of parasite?
The hole would probabley be the shrooms mouth. They are much like an anemone in anatomy similarities. The white strand is most likely a mesenterial filament that they extend when trying to capture prey from the water column. If it is continually closed up it could be irritaed but that does not mean parasites. They do not like excessively strong light or water flow and should not be placed near corals with strong toxins or nematocsyts.

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