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post #151 of 372 (permalink) Old 03-11-2010, 01:35 AM
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Sorry, I can't post links yet (5 posts required) but it is:

(www dot) brisbaneinsects (dot com) /brisbane_planthoppers/index (dot html)
The tail on that looks like one of those light toys, forget what they're called, but cool none the less.
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post #152 of 372 (permalink) Old 03-11-2010, 06:06 AM
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Sorry, I can't post links yet (5 posts required) but it is:

(www dot) brisbaneinsects (dot com) /brisbane_planthoppers/index (dot html)
Well I guess that settles it

I'm guessing the hairs are so they can be picked up in the wind, like the way baby spiders wind surf to new areas.
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i an a newbie and recently posted a trhead for biodiversity in an 8 yr old tank. i have seen all of these but most have bloomed and went collectively. great pics!! if you have any other recommendations please post. and a. hill i just got moss from you, i hope it come with the free hitchikers (minus the leeches). ill try to post some pics of my own miro-organisms but my camera isnt near as good. thanks for the info on that too!!
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I had these in my tank...

now they look like these (at center).


I think they're hydra because now they have tentacles. Thought it might be helpful to see what they look like before they open up. I think the first one are the polyps before they open. Could they be other things?
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I had these in my tank...

now they look like these (at center).


I think they're hydra because now they have tentacles. Thought it might be helpful to see what they look like before they open up. I think the first one are the polyps before they open. Could they be other things?

The critter in the last pic is most definitely a shrimp, not a Hydra. (Unless you're talking about the really really really hard to see white filaments attached to the plant, in which case, they could be hydra, but it's really hard to tell without a higher magnification.
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Lol no not the shrimp ...i did mean the really small filaments. I have a better one sans shrimp.
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Could be bryozoans
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In that new pic, the fact that they seem to be evenly spaced down the plat stem would seem to point more towards bryozoans than hydra.
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I can see that. It does look like a little colony of bryozoans more so than hydra. I went to http://www.planetinverts.com/what_is..._aquarium.html and it mentions for both hydra and bryzoans that they retract into themselves when disturbed. They don't move at all. Maybe i just have a lazy variety.

Also, from http://naturalaquariums.com/plantedtank/0807.html says "Very large colonies that look like giant egg masses are found in some lakes....Colonies not only will grow but sometimes zooids will produce statoblasts, an asexual form of reproduction. Statoblasts, are somewhat similar to seeds in plants." Maybe the first pic with the bubble things are statoblasts that hold tons of tiny bryozoans? Wish i would've taken invert zoology now..i really missed out.
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That first blob tipped me off. I've never seen pics of bryos like that, but have seen enough to know they come in all shapes and sizes. Have never seen hydra morph like that, and personally have never seen them group together or colonize in fresh water, only with colonial hydroids in reef tanks. I consider you lucky, because I've been watching and waiting for bryozoa for a long time but still haven't seen any in my tanks.
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Lucky is one way to describe it lol. I've been away from my tank for a week and am sad to see they waved hello to me on return.
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I hadnt noticed that strange worm like creature in my tank for a while, but this morning I saw him again. It has grown a bit and I was able to get a picture.
Can anyone help identify this?

Did anyone clarify what this was? cus i just found some in my shrimp tank.
harmless? how do i get rid of them?

thanks, luis.

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Looks like planaria to me, but it doesn't have a triangular head though. Strange.


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yeah i tot it was that at first, but i cant even see eyes on the ones in my tank,
and they are not that flat, they are just like long strings. Eww!!!!

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Gross. I hate worms, and worm-like creatures.


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