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Old 06-01-2005, 04:12 PM   #1
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Egg Case

Just wanted to ask a quick question. Will a fish lay eggs even if there isn't another fish of the same speices of the opposite sex in the tank? I wouldn't think so but I am curious.
I have an egg sack about the size of a marble all white in color with long strings attaching it to my live rock. Now the only things I have in my tank that I have more than one of is A: Scarlet Hermits B: Cortez Hermits C:Turbo Snails. I would assume it is from the hermits but which one and how long till the things hatch?

I know a digital picture would be nice and I will try to get one tonight.
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Old 06-01-2005, 10:03 PM   #2
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I know a digital picture would be nice and I will try to get one tonight.


It won't be the fish (no mate), hermits (brood spawners) or turbo snail (spawn scatterers) and the cerith lay eggs in a streemer pattern.

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Old 06-01-2005, 10:05 PM   #3
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huh...I wanna see this pic....cant wait
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Old 06-02-2005, 11:48 AM   #4
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Here is the pic. It is the best I could do seeing how the egg sack is sort of on the back side of the rock.
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Old 06-02-2005, 06:56 PM   #5
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It's a ball sponge with a spaghetti worm beneath/protruding from it.

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Old 06-02-2005, 07:21 PM   #6
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The only thing is the spagehtti part is coming out of the ball of white. I haven't added any live rock for 4 or 5 months now and 1 week ago this thing just "appeared" littlerally overnight. Now if I remember my biology wouldn't a sponge take a while to grow from a few cells to a mass? Not just appear?
I understand we are all just trying to help each other out.

But a funny thing now that I look at it. It used to be more under that green algae area. You know up and to the right. So it has moved.

Anyway, if it turns out it is a spaghetti worm, first are they bad and if they are what do I do to rid myself of it.
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Old 06-02-2005, 07:26 PM   #7
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I can asure you the "tentacle" part is defiantely a spaghetti worm. They are completely harmless and should be left alone. As to the white mass, ball sponge was more of a guess considering the size and shape. Could be something else but you'd need to post a much better, clearer image close up.

http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-06/rs/index.htm

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Old 06-14-2005, 03:59 PM   #8
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The newest pic. It seems to move on its own. There is nothing beneath it I checked when I moved the rock to get this better picture.
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Old 06-14-2005, 04:23 PM   #9
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Much better pic and my appologies on the mis ID. It's a type of ball sponge. I am not sure on the species though.

http://wetwebmedia.com/spongeidfaqs.htm

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