Bryozoans

Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by moontanman, Jun 20, 2016.

  1. moontanman

    moontanmanNew MemberMember

    Anyone keep these?

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  2. maggie thecat

    maggie thecatWell Known MemberMember

    What is that disturbing looking thing?
     
  3. MinhMai

    MinhMaiValued MemberMember

    Looks squishy
     
  4. AichmalotizoWell Known MemberMember

    That's cool, I would totally let it grow it's squishy self in one of my aquariums.
     
  5. aliray

    alirayFishlore VIPMember

    Welcome to the forum and glad you joined us. Okay I give up, what does it do, besides not bite? Alison;)
     
  6. OP
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    moontanman

    moontanmanNew MemberMember

    It's a bryozoan, it grows in places with a high organic load in the water. It filter feeds on bacteria and algae.

    Usually rare and small unique conditions in a local lake spillway allows it to grow large. I have tried to keep it in aquariums but snails eat it like candy.

    It grows large due to snail eating fish keeping the snail population in check. It is like a water balloon in texture, very slimy but it also has polyp like extensions.

    Most of the really large one are seen in cold water lakes and streams but this one spillway has a huge population...
     
  7. LWormy

    LWormyValued MemberMember

    Wow! I have literally been looking for them for years but they are not available in the aquarium hobby. I've always wanted to keep them with my clams and shrimp to make a freshwater "reef". Will you offer to sell them?
     




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