View Full Version : ID - small 'snowflake' on glass

Vicarious Cynic
06/03/2010, 09:12 PM
I've got a few small things growing on the glass that look like snowflakes, about 1/8" maximum - very small.

Tank is a 40 gallon long, been up about a month. No perceptible cycle. Have a Royal Gramma, Star Polyps and a small leather in the tank. They've been in for a week and all are looking good.

What are the little snowflake looking things?

Thanks, Mark

06/03/2010, 09:15 PM

Vicarious Cynic
06/03/2010, 09:17 PM
Can't really get a pic, they are very small and i'm using an iphone camera. Won't focus on the little things. They are very small, white and they look like snowflakes. They are in little groups, 5 or 6 here, 4 or 5 there.

06/03/2010, 09:20 PM
Do they move?

Vicarious Cynic
06/03/2010, 09:22 PM
Nope - look like they are stuck to the glass. They scrape off easily with the magnetic algae scraper.

06/03/2010, 09:24 PM
Do you have snails?

06/03/2010, 09:24 PM
totally normal/ critters in this hobby just appear. most likly dusters forming on the glass

06/03/2010, 09:31 PM
early stage stuff is predictable. next your gonna start to get brown algae blooms on your substrate....normal...then you may see pods!..normal..then a mini star hitchhiker..or even a aptasia..lol..people are like i got anemones for free! lol..they are hitchhiker's not desirable...normal... maybe even a hydroid.

its all good your gonna see stuff a lot. that's why pics are imp...lots of stuff we see as a newbie is fine and not harmful just normal creatures in saltwater. later we may see a bad hitchhiker like worms or crabs,shrimp.
its an amazing hobby!

Johnny C
06/03/2010, 10:08 PM
I'm guessing it's a Hydroid... does it look like the picture below? They usually come and go before you know it and don't normally cause issues. JMO!


Vicarious Cynic
06/03/2010, 10:48 PM
Johnny C you da man! I'm worried that my plunge into saltwater tanking (started with a 'free tank' from a friend) is going to spawn another expensive hobby. You all take some outrageous photos.