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Old 02-26-2005, 10:54 PM   #1
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Encrusted Pods?

On the side of my rock, there are these encrusted pod things that open and close and a little feather like arm thing shoots out and pulls back in. It's like they're breathing. What are they?
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Old 02-26-2005, 11:28 PM   #2
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This sounds like what I've got...

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Old 02-26-2005, 11:40 PM   #3
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Yeah, we maybe talking about the same thing. I should have checked yours first. Mine are very small too. Like a pencil eraser.

Still no answer as to what they are though.....
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Still no answer as to what they are though.....
We stumped the FINatics!
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Those are called featherduster, a very pretty type of worm. Very neat little creatures.
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Mine are very small too. Like a pencil eraser
Those may be Qtip sponges, also pretty cool.
No worries, all signs of good things happening in your systems.
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Old 02-27-2005, 12:08 AM   #6
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Those are called featherduster
Mine are definitely not featherdusters (at least not any type of featherduster I've ever seen in a phot). These are completely encrusted in the rock except for the tongue/feather/thing that darts out and back in extremely quickly. There is no "handle" part of the feather duster -- it is flat, flush with the rock, and the extension does not stay extended for more than an instant.
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Ah...I had them too. Unfortunately they died off after a few months. I assume from starvation.
Not 100% sure, but they appeared to be some kind of bivalve. Totally harmless.
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They are barnacles.
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yea barnacles and unless you overfeed you tank they will not live long ! they are very hungry little animals
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Oh, that's too bad! They're cool. They really make the rock look as if it is actually alive. And their breathing-like movement is pretty soothing to watch. Oh well. I'm sure once I'm able to stock the tank there will be much more soothing things to watch!
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