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volvox?

I've got something strange in one of my tanks. It looks like really tiny little green balls (pinhead size) and they float on the surface. If I squish them they pop. Is it volvox or something else? How do I get rid of it?
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-16-2006, 06:57 AM
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that's cool.. I dont think it is volvox because volvox is microscopic. Looks more like a sponge. I would love to see that under a microscope.

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This is as close as I can get with my camera. The leaf in the picture is duck weed.
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Could be one of the Wolffia species? Maybe check out the different duckweeds on this site. Desciption of Wolffia there. There's a key to them too!

If they are Wolffia, then you might want to consider this nice infobit (from same site):
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some species (such as Wolffia) are a potential source of food for humans because they contain about 40 percent protein (dry weight) and are equivalent to soybeans in their amino acid content (with high levels of all essential amino acids except methionine).
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Dang--just what I needed--evolved duckweed. It might be nutritious, but it didn't look too appetizing.

Thanks Daniel. You come up with great links.
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hahahaha laughing at the muffins. ewwww
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Actually some volvox are large enough to be seen by human eyes. But I don't think that it is volvox because some of the things have new ones budding off. Volvox don't multiply in that manner from what I've heard.

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Cardinal--I think you're right. The bottom of this link shows that the daughter cells come out from inside. I think Daniel found the right info.

Hmmm--wonder what hubby and the kids would say if I dumped a cup into the pancake mix this morning. It sounds like it would be good for them.
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Yum!
Send some to me, I'd like to taste it!
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It might be kind of neat to have that stuff in the hobby. Maybe you should sell it.
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Is it easy to keep?

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Sell it? lol That would be one way to lose friends.I want to get rid of it. It's about as wonderful as duckweed.

Just for ducks, I put a little in another tank last night and it was gone this morning. I also put some in a glass and added algae fix--it still looked good this morning. I haven't gotten around to choosing fish for the tank it's in, so maybe fish eat it.
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Sell it? lol That would be one way to lose friends.I want to get rid of it. It's about as wonderful as duckweed.

Just for ducks, I put a little in another tank last night and it was gone this morning. I also put some in a glass and added algae fix--it still looked good this morning. I haven't gotten around to choosing fish for the tank it's in, so maybe fish eat it.
Any idea where it hitched the ride to your house? New plant trades or wild collecting lately?

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It could have come from anywhere. I love trying new plants and I had a student gift me with some plants from his pond. It's the bottom tank on a 2 tier rack so it's easier for strange things to wind up in it. The cats love to drink out of it and I've caught the dog with his head in it as well.
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