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Old 12-19-2010, 04:10 PM   #1
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White strings growing on rock?


Lately ive been noticing these white stringy strands growing off a piece of live rock in my tank...there will be none one day and then the next day ill see one thats pretty short and then ill look away for maybe half an hour and then all the sudden the same one is like over an inch long or more and then ill look back again and itll be gone. Is this worms on my rock or something? what else could it be? can it harm my fish or inverts? I seem to notice them alot more once the lights go out too sometimes there will be like 5 or 6 of them all over the same rock, any ideas what this could be? sorry i dont have a camera so i cant post a picture but im hoping someone has experienced this and knows what it could be, thanks.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:39 PM   #2
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yep of the digi hydroid kind or tube worms can really tell without a pic, camera phone?
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Old 12-19-2010, 08:01 PM   #3
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i have a camera phone but i recently dropped my blackberry in a puddle and ruined it so im using my old school phone and i dont know where the usb cord for it is or the disk for the program you need to upload the pictures from the phone. Are these worms harmful at all and should i be worried about getting rid of them or will they eventually die off or something?
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:30 PM   #4
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hey ntviper i have sum of those things sting things coming from my rock to but r they ne harm for corals or fish? i have sum shroom by it but there fine. and the fish swim by one all the time but still i would like to know if the hurt anything.
if it were to be digi hydroids that is
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:54 PM   #5
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Does it look like this?
http://www.thereeftank.com/forums/at...9&d=1291697684
Then it is a sponge. Scared me half to death, growing out of my brain and infesting it's base. But it is harmless (mostly).
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:57 PM   #6
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wow thats alot but no mine is just one string on a rock coming out when lights r off. i have mayb 4-5 of them in my tank. so ur saying there harmless?
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Old 12-20-2010, 06:21 PM   #7
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yea mine doesnt look like that either its just a whiteish yellowish string that comes out mostly when the lights are off but occasionally ill see them when the lights are on, they will go in an out of the rocks and sometimes will detatch from the rock and ill see it floating around my tank.
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Old 12-20-2010, 07:28 PM   #8
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you got digitate hydroids is my best guess without a pic check out this to see some pics that might show yours and they could be harmful not sure havent had the pleasure of meeting them in my tank yet (knock on wood) but from what i hear it can be a problem
http://www.google.com/images?q=digit...w=1280&bih=840
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:05 AM   #9
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spaghetti worms, they are harmless in fact they act as clean up.
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:13 PM   #10
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They are definatly not spaghetti worms...looked up pics on google and look nothing like what i have...They look alot like the digitate hydriods with some minor differences in appearance but who knows. whats the best way to get rid of them?
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:43 PM   #11
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maybe they're spionid worms? if so, then ime they're harmless, although they do try to steal food from our brain
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:35 PM   #12
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hmmm...........

I have lots of these! probly 4-5 on evry rock in my system probly more...



so they are bad????
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:24 PM   #13
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yea i have a couple of those left but wat i did i attacked them with sum tweezers and have came back since. and the ones i couldnt yank off i put superglue over them so i have mayb 3 more left that i have to take of. sum people say they dont do anything and other say they do so i just got rid of them to avoid problems
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:28 PM   #14
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yep those digitate hydroids google is your friend i have no opinion on good or bad but then i dont try to keep a sterile tank neither, just things that terrorize something i think is more important then the attacker, then i start terrorizing back lol
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:38 PM   #15
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I don't view anything as "Bad" unless its hurting or going to hurt something in my tank that i like. I have an Aiptasia growing on one of my live rocks, has been for almost a year, It was my first polyp, I kinda have gotten attached to it, anyways he has never moved grown little, and has never spread... I just keep an eye on him, and let him be...
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