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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-23-2013, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Pls help identify this creepy alien organism in my tank!

At first I thought it is some weird algae and I didn't bother about it, after a few days, i realised it MOVES from one spot to another! seriously this is very creepy, I have no idea where is this guy from and what does it plan to do in my tank. Pls advice big brothers and sisters.
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It's a slime mold.

Enjoy it! They're fascinating, and it's quite rare to have one thrive in an aquarium. You might Google up some info and videos to learn more about them. They can do some neat things, like solve mazes, even though they have no brain or nervous system.
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one of natures great mysteries. some react to light, and I remember seeing this video where ppl hook some type of receiver or something to them and recorded the electric pulses they give off. the fascinating part is that its so rhythmic a lot of the time that so people call it slime music
this one I really like was over 9 days and speed the recording up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F79D_YWXycI

if you were trying to take care of it and keep it alive or w.e then I would try to get it to transfer to something else like a smaller piece of wood or a rock then put it in its own home where you can give it conditions better suited to it
idk much about how they live or grow though so it might be just fine in your tank :P either way thats an amazing find if it really is a type of physarum
I am curious did it like, grow in your tank or was it already attached to something that you added, then you just randomly noticed that it moves?
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one of natures great mysteries. some react to light, and I remember seeing this video where ppl hook some type of receiver or something to them and recorded the electric pulses they give off. the fascinating part is that its so rhythmic a lot of the time that so people call it slime music
this one I really like was over 9 days and speed the recording up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F79D_YWXycI

if you were trying to take care of it and keep it alive or w.e then I would try to get it to transfer to something else like a smaller piece of wood or a rock then put it in its own home where you can give it conditions better suited to it
idk much about how they live or grow though so it might be just fine in your tank :P either way thats an amazing find if it really is a type of physarum
I am curious did it like, grow in your tank or was it already attached to something that you added, then you just randomly noticed that it moves?
i have no idea where it came from, i just started my tank last week and spotted this guy few days ago on the driftwood, i rem i scrubbed the driftwood quite thoroughly

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It's a slime mold.

Enjoy it! They're fascinating, and it's quite rare to have one thrive in an aquarium. You might Google up some info and videos to learn more about them. They can do some neat things, like solve mazes, even though they have no brain or nervous system.
will it harm my fauna or flora?? its honestly quite creepy to look at

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The ones here in Oregon, yellow and orange slime mold live off of decaying wood so I don't think it would hurt anything else. I typically find them in old burned areas.
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i have no idea where it came from, i just started my tank last week and spotted this guy few days ago on the driftwood, i rem i scrubbed the driftwood quite thoroughly
Got to boil it or or give it a bleach dip. Scrubbing just gets the dirt off.
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I just saw the same thing in my tank. Thanks for asking. Now I know what it is. It really does look kind of creepy. Mine's on the front glass.


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Slime molds are awesome and while I wouldn't hesitate to adopt a terrestrial one as a pet, the aquatic versions tend to be far more problematic. Parasitic and, if the wrong variety, highly dangerous to your fish.

FYI: water molds, also known as oomycetes, include that most famous of molds Phytophthora infestans, better known as the cause of the great Irish potato famine.
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That's pretty awesome.

I didn't know there were aquatic slimemolds, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Really interesting and strange organisms. I've run across terrestrial ones now and then as a kid, and I've heard of people keeping them as 'pets', but never managed it myself.

I don't think there would be much of an issue, as other people have said, it's probably just decomposing wood and dead plant matter. The ones I've seen also seem to run through their life cycle fairly quickly, so I'd be surprised if it lasts more then a few days or so.

Please post more pics.
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What a strange being... never knew they existed. cool!
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What a strange being... never knew they existed. cool!
best part is it is actually thousands to millions of little beings working and thinking together to act as one large being
just another part of the great mystery..imo the title couldn't be more correct, it's got to be an alien. O.O
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some update.. now they are all over my driftwood

also i realised there are small white organisms moving on my driftwood, anyone knows what are those??

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also i realised there are small white organisms moving on my driftwood, anyone knows what are those??

http://youtu.be/025tzy7QOiQ
Those appear to be seed shrimp.

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This is quite cool, been you tubing slime mold now!


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