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Old 09-13-2004, 09:32 PM   #1
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I just got 10 LBS of LR from the LFS. It looked like decent quality rock. I have had it in my tank for about 3 days. Today I noticed a gray pattern growing on one of the rocks. It looks as if someone painted it on to the rock. It is gray with darker gray lines making a pattern. I'm kind of confused as to what it is. Any help please?

Also...on of the rocks there is this small (1-2 inch), brown thing with jelly like spikes floating about. If I could get some info on that as well please.

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Old 09-13-2004, 09:36 PM   #2
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could be some coralline algae bleaching. almost impossible to tell without pics or more details.
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I have a Canon G2 Powershot 4.0 Megapixel digital camera but I can't seem to get a good picture of anything inside my tank. I could use some help. I don't think there is anything wrong with the camera I'm using so it must be my technique.
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Wow. I heard people saying "use a tripod" and I was like, yeah right, that's going to do much. Well I tried it and my pictures got 100% clearer. Ok here's what I got (the last one is of the weird jelly spikey thingy):
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turn off all the lights in the room, except the tank light itself. use a tripod on the camera, or if you don't have one, steady your elbows on a chair, tv tray to minimize blurriness.
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Old 09-13-2004, 10:32 PM   #7
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Ok I didn't resize so they didn't come up, but here they are now. The first gray pattern thingy looks greenish in the picture but it is really gray though.
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The first picture looks like Aipstasia, maybe someone can make a positive ID for you. The second one may be some sort of macroalgae.
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I think you might be right. What exactly is it though? I mean what class of creatures would it go in. I'm kind of worried about it because I don't have very good lighting and I don't want it to die off. I am assuming it either has very strong senses or it has eyes because when I bring the net near it, it goes into its hole on the live rock. Completely hidden.
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one more thing, i have read so much negative things about them. what is so bad about them and how should i get rid of it?
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the reason folks dislike them is the same reason people don't like dandelions in their grass. They grow quickly, spread rapidly and take over. Aptasia also has a nasty sting when it encounters fish or other corals. Basically, they're a nuisance. (and they're not all that pretty either)
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Hey, check out the first picture again. Just to the right of the aptasia, it looks like there is another critter that needs identifying!
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Looks like a hermit crab.
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What else is in your tank? Shrimp friendly? I've been set up for 9 months and keep 5-10 peppermint in my 75g. Haven't seen any aptasia yet.
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yup you guessed it right, that's a hermit crab. I am thinking of getting a cleaner shrimp, will that be as effective as a peppermint shrimp?
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yup you guessed it right, that's a hermit crab. I am thinking of getting a cleaner shrimp, will that be as effective as a peppermint shrimp?
Not for Aipstasia.
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darn....anyone have an extra peppermint shrimp laying around?
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darn....anyone have an extra peppermint shrimp laying around?
No but I do have a extra bottle of Joes Juice if you want to drive to Lompoc to get it... Or I can drop it off to you !
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Make sure the other inhabitants don't eat shrimp. Whatcha got in there?
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