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    Freshwater Byrozoan or Sponge

    I've got some freshwater byrozoans or possibly sponge -though this one is less likely- growing in a couple clumps on my floating cork bark. It's not fungus. Not sure if it will stay alive as I know that stuff can be fussy and the shrimp seem to be all over it. I cut back some plants and might have been protecting it a little - didn't see it until after the fact.


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    I think those might actually be entoprocta! Even more rare! Wow!

    And yep. They have very little chance against those shrimp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    I think those might actually be entoprocta! Even more rare! Wow!

    And yep. They have very little chance against those shrimp.
    Looked up entopracta, its name means "anus inside"

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    Thanks for the ID. The shrimp have been at them. I rotated the cork round a bit and see if any of the patches make it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCas View Post
    Looked up entopracta, its name means "anus inside"

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    Almost sells itself for naming one's first born, eh?

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    I zoomed in and think that may be branding.

    byro-1.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by stormvisions View Post
    I zoomed in and think that may be branding.

    byro-1.jpg
    With that logo it'll sell for 3 times the price!

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    Removed questionable old man humor.
    Last edited by stormvisions; 02-18-2019 at 12:13 PM. Reason: Removed questionable old man humor. ;)

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    Well, I ordered a cheap USB endoscope - and got what I paid for. Crappy images. In any case I zoomed in on one of the patches growing on the cork which I assume is a sponge. I poked a bamboo skewer up against it to see if will grow onto that. Figure I can pull it out and get a real close up then - don't want to break up the other patches. About 2 square inches all together.

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    I was harvesting a couple plants from the top that chunk of cork I have floating in the tank and can now confirm that crusty critter was a sponge. Some of it ended up out of the water, and it continues below but is buried in moss.



    Not sure it's exciting to anyone but it's a bonus to me - just appeared on it's own and apparently is slowly growing

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    Take good care of it. THat is aquascape rarity/dream collection for flora.

    I'm sure it could potentially fetch pretty pennies at auction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    Take good care of it. THat is aquascape rarity/dream collection for flora.

    I'm sure it could potentially fetch pretty pennies at auction.
    Will do though it seems to be happy left alone.

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    Haven't been able to see the critters anymore as that area is completely covered with moss now but I was testing a flea market endoscope - not great quality image - but on the back of the driftwood I found this shiny squiggle growing and some smaller bits back there that might be more.

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