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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-27-2006, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
 
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Is this underwater scale?

I've just noticed what looks like white, cactus scale on many surfaces in my tank including driftwood, rocks, and some plants. When scale is on a cactus or succulent, I remove it one at a time with a q-tip and alcohol. But I am totally at a loss with this.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-28-2006, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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O.K. Since noone has weighed in on this... Is there a more appropriate place in the forum to post it? I would like to find a solution.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-28-2006, 01:31 PM
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I don't suppose you could get one off and see if it actually is an insect could you? You might have to take pictures...
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Pictures would definitely help.

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Hold The Phone!!!

Well, after months of searching in vain for info on this scale-looking parasite, I just read a post from sarahbobarah in the shrimp forum section concerning olive nerite snails. It seems that what I thought was scale is actually olive nerite eggs! Now, these don't look like regular snail egg clutches. The eggs are sort of half round, white, and are deposited in a line, usually along a stem or crease in the rock or wood. When they die, and/or are eaten, there is left a little white circle, like a teeny, tiny atoll.

I understand that they will not hatch without a brackish environment. But at least I know now that this is not a parasite.
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Does it look something like this?

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Yes, they do look like that. But I've never seen one on the glass.
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I think they lay them anywhere.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-25-2006, 05:07 PM
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Freshwater Limpets, perhaps?

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