Can Someone Tell Me What This Is?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Siggygym, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. SiggygymValued MemberMember

    Just came back from spending the weekend away and came back to find these stringy things attached to the filter and is some of the ornaments. I also spotted something that looks like a piece of white fluff on my betta's fin but doesn't look like the stringy things, it's whiter. Is it related? Could it be a parasite? Is it some kind of weird algae? Anyone seen this before?? The only thing I have introduced recently in the tank is the weekend feeding tab and a phosphate/nitrate reduced media bag, because I was struggling with diatoms. Thanks in advance for you help

  2. KermodeNew MemberMember

    The first couple look like Hydra....not sure on the rest....interesting....
  3. Tiny_TanganyikansWell Known MemberMember

    Nemo certainly has a hydra hitchhiker.

    Not sure what's in the filter, its hard to see on my small device, looks like piece of a plant got sucked in though I'm not sure
  4. Hill DwellerWell Known MemberMember

    I was curious to find out what a hydra was after reading this! I read the tentacles can come off and new hydras grow, so that may be what the single strands are? A few options for treatment including cooking the tank at 40 Celsius with the fish out of course :)
  5. lyfeoffishinValued MemberMember

    Tiny is correct that is defines a hydra on nemo there. I think that's cool although I don't know if they are bad for the tank.

    The stuff in the filter and on the plants just look like dead plant matter that has been sucked up or will be.
  6. SiggygymValued MemberMember

    Thank you everyone... do we know if hydras attach to fish? Are they harmful? I've just dosed the tank with Paraguard to be safe... I'm worried about the white thing attached to Troy....
  7. KermodeNew MemberMember

    If you have very small fish or fry, they can be deadly...Picture a jelly fish in your tank basically. And yes...Even the tiniest piece broken off can become a new one.
  8. Tiny_TanganyikansWell Known MemberMember

    The pictures were slow to load so I didn't see the picture of the plant, it also has hydra on them.
  9. SiggygymValued MemberMember

    I've looked on the internet and I now I've learnt something new! :)