Mushroom Parasite?

Discussion in 'Reef Fishes' started by Royce, Jul 30, 2003.

  1. Royce

    Royce Guest

    Some of my mushrooms are infested with what looks like a parasite, but I
    can't find any information on them. I have several different types of
    mushrooms, but the infestation seems to be limited to one or two types. The
    ones they're concentrated on are dark grayish-green and have a fuzzy
    canvas-like texture. They're also on some of the red and the reddish
    multi-colored mushrooms. The parasites are slow moving creatures that seem
    a little larger than the head of a pin. They're about the same color as
    pink coralline algae, and they're almost translucent. They seem to move in
    a slow squirting motion. They look like the same creatures I discovered in
    my refugium several months ago, but those were a clear translucent color.
    None of the other fish or corals appear to be infected, and everything seems
    healthy. My reef has been up for almost two years, and other than a few
    bouts with ick, I've never had any significant parasite problems. These
    things seem to be on the verge of exhausting some of the dark mushrooms. I
    hope they don't spread. I haven't plucked the mushrooms yet, but it's
    looking like I'm going to have to do something pretty quick. Any help is
    appreciated!!
    Royce
     
    Royce, Jul 30, 2003
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  2. Are they Flatworms?
    Steve

    "Royce" <sschaefer@gt.rr.dot.com> wrote in message
    news:1qHVa.120649$XV.6687793@twister.austin.rr.com...
    > Some of my mushrooms are infested with what looks like a parasite, but I
    > can't find any information on them. I have several different types of
    > mushrooms, but the infestation seems to be limited to one or two types.

    The
    > ones they're concentrated on are dark grayish-green and have a fuzzy
    > canvas-like texture. They're also on some of the red and the reddish
    > multi-colored mushrooms. The parasites are slow moving creatures that

    seem
    > a little larger than the head of a pin. They're about the same color as
    > pink coralline algae, and they're almost translucent. They seem to move

    in
    > a slow squirting motion. They look like the same creatures I discovered

    in
    > my refugium several months ago, but those were a clear translucent color.
    > None of the other fish or corals appear to be infected, and everything

    seems
    > healthy. My reef has been up for almost two years, and other than a few
    > bouts with ick, I've never had any significant parasite problems. These
    > things seem to be on the verge of exhausting some of the dark mushrooms.

    I
    > hope they don't spread. I haven't plucked the mushrooms yet, but it's
    > looking like I'm going to have to do something pretty quick. Any help is
    > appreciated!!
    > Royce
    >
    >
     
    Steve \Srfmon\, Jul 30, 2003
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  3. Yes, they sound like flatworms to me as well. You can siphon them off with
    flexible airline tubing.

    Marc


    Steve \"Srfmon\" wrote:

    > Are they Flatworms?
    > Steve
    >
    > "Royce" <sschaefer@gt.rr.dot.com> wrote in message
    > news:1qHVa.120649$XV.6687793@twister.austin.rr.com...
    > > Some of my mushrooms are infested with what looks like a parasite, but I
    > > can't find any information on them. I have several different types of
    > > mushrooms, but the infestation seems to be limited to one or two types.

    > The
    > > ones they're concentrated on are dark grayish-green and have a fuzzy
    > > canvas-like texture. They're also on some of the red and the reddish
    > > multi-colored mushrooms. The parasites are slow moving creatures that

    > seem
    > > a little larger than the head of a pin. They're about the same color as
    > > pink coralline algae, and they're almost translucent. They seem to move

    > in
    > > a slow squirting motion. They look like the same creatures I discovered

    > in
    > > my refugium several months ago, but those were a clear translucent color.
    > > None of the other fish or corals appear to be infected, and everything

    > seems
    > > healthy. My reef has been up for almost two years, and other than a few
    > > bouts with ick, I've never had any significant parasite problems. These
    > > things seem to be on the verge of exhausting some of the dark mushrooms.

    > I
    > > hope they don't spread. I haven't plucked the mushrooms yet, but it's
    > > looking like I'm going to have to do something pretty quick. Any help is
    > > appreciated!!
    > > Royce
    > >
    > >


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    Marc Levenson, Jul 30, 2003
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  4. Royce

    Royce Guest

    I'm not sure if they're flatworms. I'll have to do a little research to
    decide. The creatures I found in the sump (that these are similar to) had a
    forked tail. They almost looked kind of like a squid or octopus with a
    forked tail, but sure didn't move in the same way. It's really tough to
    describe. They stuck to the glass and kind of squirted along. Good idea
    Marc. I'll try to suck them out. On the negative side, I'm thinking the
    mushroom will just close up, but that still sounds like the best idea so
    far.

    "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message
    news:3F275263.EAAA492B@swbell.net...
    > Yes, they sound like flatworms to me as well. You can siphon them off

    with
    > flexible airline tubing.
    >
    > Marc
    >
    >
    > Steve \"Srfmon\" wrote:
    >
    > > Are they Flatworms?
    > > Steve
    > >
    > > "Royce" <sschaefer@gt.rr.dot.com> wrote in message
    > > news:1qHVa.120649$XV.6687793@twister.austin.rr.com...
    > > > Some of my mushrooms are infested with what looks like a parasite, but

    I
    > > > can't find any information on them. I have several different types of
    > > > mushrooms, but the infestation seems to be limited to one or two

    types.
    > > The
    > > > ones they're concentrated on are dark grayish-green and have a fuzzy
    > > > canvas-like texture. They're also on some of the red and the reddish
    > > > multi-colored mushrooms. The parasites are slow moving creatures that

    > > seem
    > > > a little larger than the head of a pin. They're about the same color

    as
    > > > pink coralline algae, and they're almost translucent. They seem to

    move
    > > in
    > > > a slow squirting motion. They look like the same creatures I

    discovered
    > > in
    > > > my refugium several months ago, but those were a clear translucent

    color.
    > > > None of the other fish or corals appear to be infected, and everything

    > > seems
    > > > healthy. My reef has been up for almost two years, and other than a

    few
    > > > bouts with ick, I've never had any significant parasite problems.

    These
    > > > things seem to be on the verge of exhausting some of the dark

    mushrooms.
    > > I
    > > > hope they don't spread. I haven't plucked the mushrooms yet, but it's
    > > > looking like I'm going to have to do something pretty quick. Any help

    is
    > > > appreciated!!
    > > > Royce
    > > >
    > > >

    >
    > --
    > Personal Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com/oanda/index.html
    > Business Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com
    > Marine Hobbyist: http://www.melevsreef.com
    >
    >
     
    Royce, Jul 31, 2003
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  5. Royce

    Royce Guest

    Yep..flatworms they are. Man!!! It's one of those things I've seen written
    about, but thought, "nahh, I don't have that problem." From reading about
    this problem and others, I'm amazed by the fact that people still consider
    trying to medicate something out of their reef. From what I've read,
    there's not much you can use to medicate something from a reef that doesn't
    kill a lot of other stuff. Seems simple to me.. if it kills the flatworms,
    don't you think there's a good chance it'll kill something else!!?? Seems
    the best approach is to wait for them to subside, and/or try to siphon them.
    I have a lot of reef, and siphoning them away isn't as simple for me as it
    might be for some. I think it might help control them, so I'm going to try
    using this method. Thanks for the help!!

    "Steve "Srfmon"" <sbalshan@"nospam"socal.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:2M%Va.25814$Vp.1129519@twister.socal.rr.com...
    > Here is a Flatworm link ==> http://www.wetwebmedia.com/flatworms.htm
    > I was thinking maybe they could be hydroids
    > http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/cnidaria/hydrozoa.html
    > Steve
    >
    > "Royce" <sschaefer@gt.rr.dot.com> wrote in message
    > news:poZVa.128263$hV.8792053@twister.austin.rr.com...
    > > I'm not sure if they're flatworms. I'll have to do a little research to
    > > decide. The creatures I found in the sump (that these are similar to)

    had
    > a
    > > forked tail. They almost looked kind of like a squid or octopus with a
    > > forked tail, but sure didn't move in the same way. It's really tough to
    > > describe. They stuck to the glass and kind of squirted along. Good

    idea
    > > Marc. I'll try to suck them out. On the negative side, I'm thinking

    the
    > > mushroom will just close up, but that still sounds like the best idea so
    > > far.
    > >
    > > "Marc Levenson" <melev@swbell.net> wrote in message
    > > news:3F275263.EAAA492B@swbell.net...
    > > > Yes, they sound like flatworms to me as well. You can siphon them off

    > > with
    > > > flexible airline tubing.
    > > >
    > > > Marc
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > Steve \"Srfmon\" wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > Are they Flatworms?
    > > > > Steve
    > > > >
    > > > > "Royce" <sschaefer@gt.rr.dot.com> wrote in message
    > > > > news:1qHVa.120649$XV.6687793@twister.austin.rr.com...
    > > > > > Some of my mushrooms are infested with what looks like a parasite,

    > but
    > > I
    > > > > > can't find any information on them. I have several different

    types
    > of
    > > > > > mushrooms, but the infestation seems to be limited to one or two

    > > types.
    > > > > The
    > > > > > ones they're concentrated on are dark grayish-green and have a

    fuzzy
    > > > > > canvas-like texture. They're also on some of the red and the

    > reddish
    > > > > > multi-colored mushrooms. The parasites are slow moving creatures

    > that
    > > > > seem
    > > > > > a little larger than the head of a pin. They're about the same

    > color
    > > as
    > > > > > pink coralline algae, and they're almost translucent. They seem

    to
    > > move
    > > > > in
    > > > > > a slow squirting motion. They look like the same creatures I

    > > discovered
    > > > > in
    > > > > > my refugium several months ago, but those were a clear translucent

    > > color.
    > > > > > None of the other fish or corals appear to be infected, and

    > everything
    > > > > seems
    > > > > > healthy. My reef has been up for almost two years, and other than

    a
    > > few
    > > > > > bouts with ick, I've never had any significant parasite problems.

    > > These
    > > > > > things seem to be on the verge of exhausting some of the dark

    > > mushrooms.
    > > > > I
    > > > > > hope they don't spread. I haven't plucked the mushrooms yet, but

    > it's
    > > > > > looking like I'm going to have to do something pretty quick. Any

    > help
    > > is
    > > > > > appreciated!!
    > > > > > Royce
    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > > Personal Page:

    http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com/oanda/index.html
    > > > Business Page: http://www.sparklingfloorservice.com
    > > > Marine Hobbyist: http://www.melevsreef.com
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >

    >
    >
     
    Royce, Jul 31, 2003
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