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    Weird white slime

    I have this thick white slime on the bottom of one of my rocks. The rock is wedged between the glass and another rock so it is not buried in the sand. It is kind of like one would imagine some nasty creature being created in in a Star Trek episode - think Aliens. Tank is at 6 weeks now.

    Near it, on the glass, there are a bunch of what appear to be very small translucent shrimp looking things. No idea if the two are related.

    Any idea what this is and how I should go about getting rid of it. It is localized to the one rock so far but it looks nastier than anything I have ever seen before...

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    I think the small shrimps would be pods. I think I have the same slimy stuff in mine also, I left it there and I don't think it's harmful.
    55G CSS 3004, 2 Seio 620, 220WT5HO lighting, Yellow tang, yellow tail damsel, 2 clownfish, 1 shrimp, pulsing, soft corals.

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    It could be a sponge.

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    I think it's likely some form of cyanobacteria... they come in many diff forms and colours. Small shrimp are probably amphipods as mentioned above. The small micro-fauna will usually "investigate" algae and cynobacteria growth. No worries about any of it. The slime should eventually work itself out. But if it gets worse and worse... advise us again and we'll help ya out!

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    Hard to be sure without a picture, but I've not seen any white cyano. My bet is on a sponge. Translucent shrimp things could actually be shrimp, Mysis are pretty translucent. Does their tail curl noticably or do they just look like tiny shrimp?

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    I just took a pic with the lights off so it's only with the flash (colors are off a bit).
    55G CSS 3004, 2 Seio 620, 220WT5HO lighting, Yellow tang, yellow tail damsel, 2 clownfish, 1 shrimp, pulsing, soft corals.

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    My guess is that it's a sponge as has been suggested. I have many similar critters but they're not quite as translucent as yours.

    Nelson

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    Thanks, Nelson. I just wanted to be sure it wasn't harmful.
    55G CSS 3004, 2 Seio 620, 220WT5HO lighting, Yellow tang, yellow tail damsel, 2 clownfish, 1 shrimp, pulsing, soft corals.

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    'Tis a sponge. Those type tend to vanish as the tank matures.

    Cheers!
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    Sponge for sure.

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