Bryozoans

  1. moontanman

    moontanman New Member Member

    Anyone keep these?

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  2. maggie thecat

    maggie thecat Well Known Member Member

    What is that disturbing looking thing?
     
  3. MinhMai

    MinhMai Valued Member Member

    Looks squishy
     


  4. A

    Aichmalotizo Well Known Member Member

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

    aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    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

    moontanman New Member Member

    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

    LWormy Valued Member Member

    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?