Spider Fish... Spider Fish.. Watch out here comes the Spider Fish..

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    Tarpals

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    I thought I would use this question to introduce myself.. I have been keeping African Cichlids for the past 20 years or so (Malawi) to be more specific - but have only been in salt for a few months now....

    I Have a 65 with about 70lbs of live rock, two Button polyp colonies, a green star polyp colony, a leather coral, and a nice red colt. One scooter, one surviving p-clown, two blue devils, and a dozen or so blue leg hermits.

    Now here comes the newbee question - why do I see thin wisps of what looks a lot like spider webs between my rocks and among my corals in the morning. The blue-Ds appear to enjoy breaking them up when the lights come on... But I can not find any explanation as to what or why they appear in the first place.

    Any thoughts?
     
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    Ted Living one day at a time

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    there is a type of worm kinda like a feather duster that uses a web to get food instead of feathers. Cant remember the name at the moment but its a hitch hiker on live rock and it isnt bad for the tank. Oh and welcome to the site.
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Vermetid snail?
     
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    +1 Biff

    And welcome to the site and the hobby.
     
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    Ted Living one day at a time

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    sorry I was posting and drinking last night. Couldnt remember what it was. I havent had a beer in about a year so last night I was angry at my wife and drank a 6 pack.
     
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    Ted you were right though!
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    Funny how women cause that to happen:frustrat:

    Yep,Dead on the money.
     
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    Welcome back Ted.... welcome back. :beerchug:
     
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    +1 to all...also, welcome to the site. I've kept cichlids(mostly oscars) for many years before doing saltwater.
     
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    ted i will drink one 4 u so toast
     
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    Tks for all the great responses... Now here is another newbee question for you all - I have been told that little green bubble looking things growing on rock or corals are somewhat undesirable - these are the little somewhat hard dark green beads.

    Now I have been plucking them when I see them but - I just moved some rock around and found a few clusters...

    Question time... Does any thing eat them? Are they really that bad? Is this just a new tank thing & they will go away? Am I hallucinating and there really are no green beads?

    :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:
    :mrgreen::mrgreen::grumble::mrgreen::mrgreen:
    :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:
     
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    They are bubble algae, and it is a pest. It's unlikely they'll go away on their own. Keep removing them by hand, but be careful not to pop them, as that's how they release their spores. Buy a couple emerald crabs, and they will usually munch on them.
     
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    Found one tonight in my Red Sea Max. They pop up from nowhere it seems. I've not witnessed my emerald crabs doing their job yet. Maybe at night.
     
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