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    What the heck are all these

    So I come home from work today and look in my tank. I thought there was thousands of micro bubbles on my glass but at closer inspection they are little white bugs about the size of microbubbles. This is the best description I can give as they are so small, also there are what looks like white spiders only with lotsa legs maybe 20 legs and about the size of a pin head maybe a little larger. lastly is it possible that my rock is growing feather dusters. I have a few little tubes that send out what looks like feathers so it looks like mini palm trees then they go back in. They are about a quarter inch long. Any ideas

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    Sounds like you have some good live rock.

    The little white bugs are most likely copepods. Excellent for your tank, your fish will love them. The bugs with legs are most likly a form of tiny hydroid jellyfish, harmless. Tiny feather dusters are also pretty common.

    Check this site for some pics:
    http://www.rshimek.com/odd_critters.htm
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    Originally posted by Flame*Angel
    Sounds like you have some good live rock.

    The little white bugs are most likely copepods. Excellent for your tank, your fish will love them. The bugs with legs are most likly a form of tiny hydroid jellyfish, harmless. Tiny feather dusters are also pretty common.

    Check this site for some pics:
    http://www.rshimek.com/odd_critters.htm
    Thanks for your quick response and yes the liverock has been awsome, it is from Haiti, all kinds of stuff on it. The other nice thing is it is alot lighter than other rock. I could only fit about 80 lbs in mt 90g so that saved some$$$ Really cool shapes.
    Thanks
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    Originally posted by Rentaltux
    Thanks for your quick response and yes the liverock has been awsome, it is from Haiti, all kinds of stuff on it. The other nice thing is it is alot lighter than other rock. I could only fit about 80 lbs in mt 90g so that saved some$$$ Really cool shapes.
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    I just noticed something else what looks just like these guys
    http://www.rshimek.com/images/flatworm%20composite1.jpg
    a type of flatworm.... should I be freaking yet! So why today did my tank just come alive with millions of martian like creatures,
    R

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    the reason why they just showed up today.. possibly just incubating... possible countdown since you got the rocks?

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    are those bad flatworms??

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    Originally posted by Fisherman
    are those bad flatworms??
    They are the white ones from what I have read they aren't the bad ones. I could see maybe 40-50.

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    i got alot of white/clear ones moving about my glass lol..

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    Most of the white/clear ones aren't harmful and rarely get to plague proportions. These aren't the kind I battled so I don't know a lot about them. I'd check out Ron Shimek's site and see what he has to say about them.
    Susan

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