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boogietoogie
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PostPosted: 2006.10.24(Tue)3:19    Post subject: Bugs growing in live rock? Reply with quote

I have a 110g FOWLR going for a little two weeks now and I just noticed some crawlers on my live rock. Is this normal? I have tried researching this but I am getting no specific information. I currently have two of these little critters and they are a slightly transparent white color. They are small and round and came out of the rock. I knew that the rock grew bacteria and algae...but bugs?
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PostPosted: 2006.10.24(Tue)7:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

isn't life neat? The weirdest bug I've seen come out of live rock was this weird whirling crustacean that was faster than anything I've ever seen swim in the water!

Many hitchhikers can be found here:
http://www.reefs.org/hhfaq/

there's countless more though...
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PostPosted: 2006.10.24(Tue)7:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

iv noticed this aswell they usually come out of my rock when I put frozen food in like brine shrimp. The ones I get seem to look like millipedes reli long with loads of legs Confused
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SLACkra
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PostPosted: 2006.10.28(Sat)6:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

here check out this link:
http://www.petsforum.com/personal/trevor-jones/hitchhikerworms.html

most likely bristle worms, helpful little detrivores, just don't touch them! lots of tini bristles sticking into, lots of fun to pull out using tweezers!

for some other hitchikers try exploring:
http://www.petsforum.com/personal/trevor-jones/hitchhikers.html

note there are a lot of hitchhikers out there, if the live rock is really high quality no telling what you might find. On a different forum I frequent a guy found an octopi and an eel!

andrew
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art_of_war
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PostPosted: 2006.11.17(Fri)10:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a question for you guys. Is it really necessary to clean off the live rock (after curing) to the point in which it is practically bear? I left mine in as is (with all the little creatures/hitch-hikers) and so far I've never had a problem. Come to think of it...once my tank was cycled (in two weeks time); I just left the rock in as is.

Of course...all I really keep in it is fish anyway.
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PostPosted: 2006.11.17(Fri)10:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like salt water algae, and I like misc. critters so I too left mine alone.. no pressure washing or anything... I'm not sorry a year later... Smile
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PostPosted: 2006.11.18(Sat)4:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why would you even get live rock if you don't want all those fun things? Would be better to just to get some base rock and seed it with some coralline.

Though I must admit depending on what I planned on having I would go around and systematically kill anything that would be a nuisance,

Andrew
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PostPosted: 2006.11.23(Thu)14:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are hundreds of different bugs that will most likly inhabit your tank...amphipods, copods, bristleworms, fireworms, peanut worms, spegeti worms........ Wink
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