View Full Version : Unusual worm

01-20-2012, 12:26 PM
I'm sorry this thing is still too small for me to get a pic of, i'll do my best to describe it to y'all...
i have a small favia frag, on one of the 'rings' there is a small worm/feather poking it's head out but it is unlike any of the feather duster/coco worms i have seen/have.
it kind of looks like a hand but has maybe 8-10 'fingers, it extends from within the favia, expands so it looks like a fan, rotates like it is a scope, closes/rolls up the hand and ducks back into the favia. like i say, must of the worms that filter feed stay out all the time, but this one constantly goes in and out, opening and closing.
so i'm fairly sure it isn't you're standard hitchhiker, but what the heck is it and will it become a problem??

also on a related note, once again, these thing are too small to take a picture of, but one small piece of rock i have is absolutely covered with another type of worm i have seen all over the place but never found out exactly what they are, i've never seen the body, just a large population of what look like two antennae to each worm just poking up maybe 2-3 mm above the surface of the rock, these one's are always out but since they appear to be antennae rather than filters, it does make me wonder what those are too?

01-20-2012, 12:35 PM
The fan thing is a barnacle, the other worms sound like they may be vermetid snails. The barnacle most likely won't survive too long in the aquarium, it's harmless.

01-20-2012, 01:55 PM
Hey! exactly the macro-genius i need! ok, i managed to get some pics...

first pic is the best i can get of the little fan worm thingy


but since i have you on the line...;-)

you remember when i picked up the cheato i mentioned i had some cool red macro that had started growing out of no-where...ok well it's starting to take off so i could get a couple of decent pics...can you tell me what these are?



so is it still a barnacle? and what is this macro???

THANK YOU SO MUCH! for being just the right person i needed, exactly when i needed her :-)

01-20-2012, 02:10 PM
Glad to help :)

Yup, its still a barnacle. Fascinating little creatures!

The red algae, not sure. The short type covering most of the rock is similar to a few types I've seen, a good shot of its leaf structure would help with ID. The spotted macro may be a type of Kallymenia, when it gets bigger it'll be easier to narrow down the ID.

01-20-2012, 02:31 PM
this is as close as i can get before my camera throws a hissy...



01-20-2012, 02:42 PM
Hmm, that could be not so good. Its a pretty rare type of macroalgae, however it grows fast and not many things will eat it. Check out this thread: http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=664689. Your algae looks identical to it. The bigger spotted one looks really cool though, if you ever want to frag it let me know :)

01-20-2012, 03:00 PM
if i could find a way to safely remove the 'shrooms i'd just offer you the rock :-(
i'm fed up of turbos anyway, the only reason i seem to buy them is to provide new shells for my hermits, although the army of peps you gave me may have someting to do with it ;-)
i'll let it grow out for a bit, it doesn't seem to be growing as aggressively in my tank as those others suggest, it HAS wiped out the GHA that you can see on the bottom of that pic, it used to cover that rock and i guess i prefer the pretty red stuff to the nasty green stuff...
that rock has been in various tank with those mushrooms for getting on for a year now, the smaller stuff showed up months ago and has only just progressed to that stage (i read on that other site i can remove it by scrubbing it with a toothbrush...can you believe i was cleaning this stuff with a stiff bristle brush already...TO PRESERVE IT!! no really, it's tough as old boots but seems to accumulate detritus quite quickly so i've been brushing the crap off with a really stiff bristle brush, it cleans the rubbish, but this smaller red stuff survives with no tearing or fragging!)
as for the larger stuff, i'd give you it now but it's only little! maybe i'll grow it out a bit then i'll pass it on to the expert :-)