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Old 05-13-2004, 01:14 AM   #1
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little bugs on my live rock

my friend gave me some live rock about a week ago. i was looking at it today and noticed that there are these little translucent brown/green bugs crawling around on it. i assume that this is normal but figured i'd ask. are any of these harmful to fish? they're about 1-2mm in length. i'd take a picture but they are just too small. they don't swim in the water -- they seem to just stay on the rock.
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Those are pods, a very good thing. Its a sign of positive things happening on you rock.
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These are what we refer to as "pods". They are small crustaceans that come in on the LR and in the LS. They are beneficial scavengers and, to a limited degree, provide a food source for the fish.
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Is there anyway of introducing these to a tank (without buying lots more lr) ?
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ambulocetus yes there are places ya can buy such kits or check out your local forum and see if someone would be nice enough to give you some !!

http://www.inlandaquatics.com/

check this link out if ya want to order some
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The first time I noticed those little pods in my tank, I was captivated. Kinda like the first little tube worms that spring up.
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You can also ask your LFS for some of the sludge out of the bottom of their curing tank. It will be loaded with all kinds of little critters. I have done that several times. Another way is to trade sand with a fellow reefer.

This is a link to our page on common critters in your tank. See if you recognize any!
http://www.reef-aquarium.net/resourc.../critters.html
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