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Odd Threads...java Roots Or Something Sinister?
July 3, 2011
1:14 am
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Reva
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Hi guys! I havent been around for a while, as nothing in my aquarium world has changed until now. Now I have a question that only you guys can answer for me.

In my 55 gallon (US) planted amazon tank (tetras, angels, botia), I recently cleared out a huge overgrown java fern that had grown so huge on it's bogwood that the fish couldnt swim past it without squeezing. (i have been so busy I did the water changes in a hurry and didnt look too hard). Since removing the plant I have noticed that all along the tank walls behind it, and growing on the tops of rocks and ornaments, are tiny threads. They almost look like hydra but not. They are clear, a bit slimey feeling, and tough to scrub off. Is this the overgrown Java fern's tendrils? It seems to be mostly on the heater's side of the tank.

I feel a panic coming on, and a desire to break it down and boil the ornaments. Help!

July 3, 2011
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Certainly sounds like the roots.

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July 3, 2011
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QUOTE (Eyrie @ Jul 3 2011, 08:48 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Certainly sounds like the roots.


I think you are right. It was very dense and lush in there, and I had (past tense) a thick canopy of various kinds of duck weed to filter the light. I was thinking that I have most of these stringy things on the right side of the tank, where I have added a bio-wheel filter, and the water is disturbed there, making a pool of light. More light=more plants. I hope that's what it is....

July 17, 2011
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missed this post Reva, sorry!

I agree with MArk though, sounds like the root tendrils.

July 18, 2011
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QUOTE (Bluedave @ Jul 17 2011, 08:23 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
missed this post Reva, sorry!

I agree with MArk though, sounds like the root tendrils.

Dave it now looks like a hydra relative. something like plumatella repens...I am trying to figure out what to do as I go on vacation in two days. frantically setting up another tank, and wondering how to get rid of them. they have caught neons...wrote the whole story on the freshwater forum. any help apprecaited. thanks for responding, R

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