09-10-2011, 10:54 PM
| || | Interesting algæ , or fungus, help ID
I have a small aquarium with freshwater invertabrates. It includes a small lobster, a handful of clams, three pond snails, and some triops. Because they are localy caught I am no stranger tothe occasional tag along parasites, algae, or fungus. I try to encourage algae growth for the clams and snails, so the water is often slightly green but otherwise fair quality. Until recently I then noticed a white feathery fuzz appearing on the clams, substrate, and plastic plants(, but not the live plants). I had deepened the fine gravel substrate with sand for the clams to have more burrowing room, so I thought it was just sand dust attaching to algae clumps. But it began to increase, even after I added another small power filter, still thinking it was dust that needed to be filtered out. I have seen the clams siphoning the stuff, so I now believe it is organic. The lobster has sometimes been seen eating it as well, but so far nothing is controlling it. Does anyone know aboutr this, is it a threat or just unattractive?