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Slime Mold?
August 2, 2008
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One time I dropped a rock from my beach into my tank (that had live seaweed clinging to it for the fish to eat). I always double check the seaweed for "wierd stuff", but I didnt SEE the slime mold because it was gelatinous and clear until it got in my tank /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" /> I didnt notice anything STRANGE until next morning....and then *music from the Outer Limits starts* there was this Thing...purpleish white body with long...I cant call them tentacles exactly..but it would stretch out it's body like how an amoeba crawls, and it looked like arms...or spider webs. Every morning It would have moved across the tank. never hurt any fish, and a water change finally seemed to kill it. /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" />

I understand that they die off and propagate really fast and I was seeing it's offspring. But I really know nothing about them. Anybody here ever had them?

August 2, 2008
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never had that..

August 2, 2008
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QUOTE (Malti @ Aug 2 2008, 03:50 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
never had that..

It was totally freakie Malti....made my hair stand on end, but also made me sad when it died. Never have been able to find another one.
Here's another aquarist's report of the same thing I encountered
http://www.thekrib.com/Fish/sl.....-mold.html

this page of interesting aquatic photography has a slime mold picture if you scroll down
http://mikes-machine.mine.nu/m.....photos.htm

August 2, 2008
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[Image Can Not Be Found]

seems to be a living fungi...cool

thinking of setting up a slime mold tank reva? /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

August 2, 2008
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very weird, I confess I would have been shuddering & shrieking while removing it from the tank asap.
Not good with icky slimey stuff.

since it came from the beach do you think it would have survived better in a marine tank?

August 2, 2008
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QUOTE (Malti @ Aug 2 2008, 11:39 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
[Image Can Not Be Found]

seems to be a living fungi...cool

thinking of setting up a slime mold tank reva? /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

Thanks for posting the pic Malti. I tried and the link was so long I didnt do it right. (not a geekness is frustrating). It was one of the most fascinating things I have ever seen. If I could find another one I would set up a 29gallon to house it. But how to feed one???

KAH I think for sure it would have lived in a marine tank. I was shocked that it lived for a week in fresh water. When I did a water change was when it disappeared. Our water was very high ph and hardness, so maybe it needed salt? At first I was creeped out, but then I started to really like it. It was pretty.

August 2, 2008
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hmmm, to feed it you could try collecting aquatic plant material from the beach, that would probably have the bacteria it likes to feed on.

Of course first you have to find another one. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> And it would be cheap and easy to maintain because you could just go get ocean water!

I know a biologist/fishkeeper that kept some natural marine tanks and since she lives near the coast she would actually go collect barrels full of sea water for all her changes. Saved money on marine salt but sure was a lot of work since she kept larger tanks.

August 2, 2008
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the red weed, very war of the worlds!

August 3, 2008
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That second link has some lovely photos Reva, and the pic of the slime mould is beautiful. /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> I don't know lots about these but did some basics on them on my university course. If it was on seaweed then what probably killed it was a lack of seaweed (and salt water as you guys have said). I seem to remember that some of the marine ones are seaweed parasites. Adam or Kris may be able to confirm/add info next time they're here as they did more specialised degrees than mine...

Edit: moving this to the marine section. Trust that's not worthy of a beheading!

Cake or death?
August 4, 2008
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moving this to the marine section. Trust that's not worthy of a beheading!

Of course not bossman /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" /> I suppose to house one you'd need a marine tank /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
BUT...you Can get them in your fresh water tank by accident /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

Bluedave, what is red weed? same as red tide algae bloom? plankton? /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" />

August 4, 2008
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if you really wanted to have a setup for it then a suggestion
Tank obviously /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />
Salinity meter, I recommend "refractormeters" as opposed to "swing arms" /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />
If possible use water from the same location for water changes but you'd need plain RO for topups to keep the salinity stable without too much fluctuation.
Feeding would require some type of photoplankton foods. There are many out there on the market, live and dry.
The question is, is this something you "Really" want to keep?
If you do frequent enough water changes you shouldn't need a skimmer aslong as you'r careful with the feeding.

August 4, 2008
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QUOTE (Richy @ Aug 4 2008, 08:20 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
The question is, is this something you "Really" want to keep?

/cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> I guess it's a lot of work for something Icky, Gelatinous, and a Parasite /huh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":huh:" border="0" alt="huh.gif" />

But it was very Creature From The Black Lagoon Sci Fi spooky for a while there. *sigh* My imagination says "what if there are biolumenescent ones"? /ohmy.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":o" border="0" alt="ohmy.gif" /> etc.
Anyhow, I knew you guys would know more about it. and you Did! /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

August 4, 2008
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QUOTE (Reva @ Aug 4 2008, 11:55 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
/cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> I guess it's a lot of work for something Icky, Gelatinous, and a Parasite /huh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":huh:" border="0" alt="huh.gif" />

i would describe it, as interesting, strange, and captivating.../tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

as a wise man said, the biggest parasite has got 2 legs, sucks off everything and is a cannibal, as it sucks from parasites of the same species... /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

August 5, 2008
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QUOTE (Malti @ Aug 4 2008, 10:08 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
i would describe it, as interesting, strange, and captivating.../tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

as a wise man said, the biggest parasite has got 2 legs, sucks off everything and is a cannibal, as it sucks from parasites of the same species... /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

soooooo..you are sayiing you are interesting, strange and captivating....? /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />
and so am I ? /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" />

and so are all of us? /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> /huh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":huh:" border="0" alt="huh.gif" /> /wacko.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wacko:" border="0" alt="wacko.gif" /> /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" />

August 5, 2008
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QUOTE (Reva @ Aug 5 2008, 06:04 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
soooooo..you are sayiing you are interesting, strange and captivating....? /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />
and so am I ? /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" />

and so are all of us? /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" /> /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> /huh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":huh:" border="0" alt="huh.gif" /> /wacko.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wacko:" border="0" alt="wacko.gif" /> /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" />

well men and women are a different s[ecies...so unless you're a guy you're not like me /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

*runs*

August 5, 2008
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QUOTE (Malti @ Aug 5 2008, 11:04 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
well men and women are a different s[ecies...so unless you're a guy you're not like me /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

*runs*

faster faster, you fool, you fool..... /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" /> /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" />

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