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Old 12/29/2007, 07:15 PM
johnd4g johnd4g is offline
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Feather Dusters Gone Wild

I've noticed an unusual outbreak in my tank that started a couple of months ago. Feather Dusters!!! Hundreds of small Feather Dusters in my 25 gal nano. In the pic below (yea poor quality) you can see dozens of them (along with a small piece of macro algae) growing on the front of some rocks. They look cool, but I'm getting worried they are becoming too numerous. I do 20% PWCs about every ten days and water parameters are in check. All livestock are doing well.
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Thanks!
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Old 12/29/2007, 07:38 PM
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I have nothing useful to add to this thread other than a picture of one of my rocks that looks alot like yours...lol



And there are alot more on the back side of the same rock. No idea where they came from. I only have one big duster that I bought and hes on the other end of the tank.
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Old 12/29/2007, 10:14 PM
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i have thousands of the same,,,,they come and go in cycles,,just when you think they are overtaking they receed
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Old 12/29/2007, 11:03 PM
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they usually grow in areas of high detritis. they are harmless hitchhikers.
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Old 12/29/2007, 11:50 PM
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yep my old tank had tons of them, previous tank not many at all.
but they are harmless.
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Old 12/29/2007, 11:53 PM
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I have many in my fuge. I sometime take them and place them in my display. I have a peppermint shrimp that loved them.
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Old 12/30/2007, 07:32 AM
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I had tons and now I don't have any. I think it was my Cherub Angel that ate them all.
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Old 12/30/2007, 09:58 AM
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I saw the title of this thread and thought there would be pictures of young feather dusters showing their boobs
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Old 12/30/2007, 11:07 AM
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Wow, I did not know that they did that. Is the video out yet?
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Old 12/30/2007, 12:44 PM
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dusters

Had about a million in my reef, then added a copper-banded butterfly. Butterlfy ate them all in about two weeks, and is now in love with them and I can't get it to eat regular food. Feeding frozen mysis and spirulina, but it acts like it hasn't seen offered food before and cruises rocks looking and pecking.
One problem begets another. Any suggestions on getting this guy to eat?
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Old 12/30/2007, 12:59 PM
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dusters

Had about a million in my reef, then added a copper-banded butterfly. Butterlfy ate them all in about two weeks, and is now in love with them and I can't get it to eat regular food. Feeding frozen mysis and spirulina, but it acts like it hasn't seen offered food before and cruises rocks looking and pecking.
One problem begets another. Any suggestions on getting this guy to eat?
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Old 12/30/2007, 01:29 PM
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Re: dusters

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Had about a million in my reef, then added a copper-banded butterfly. Butterlfy ate them all in about two weeks, and is now in love with them and I can't get it to eat regular food. Feeding frozen mysis and spirulina, but it acts like it hasn't seen offered food before and cruises rocks looking and pecking.
One problem begets another. Any suggestions on getting this guy to eat?
Try soaking the Mysis in Garlic...........

BTW, Welcome to RC!!!
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Old 12/30/2007, 01:59 PM
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Thanks for the suggestion! The H20 Life spirulina/shrimp product has garlic (I can smell it), but still no dice. I'm trying another product my supplier is bringing it today (Pro Salt) that it was eating a few weeks ago, allegedly.
Like feeding a 2 year old in a high chair. Fun, but a little frustrating at times. . .
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Old 12/30/2007, 02:49 PM
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My fuge is FULL of them.

I have some in my DT.I've never seen anything eat them but they haven't spread like in the fuge.
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Old 12/30/2007, 02:56 PM
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I have a green star polyp outbreak in my tank..........and to tell the truth, if I had to choose I would definitely go with the feather duster outbreak (at least we know what eats them if needed)

Any idea what eats green star polyps?
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Old 12/30/2007, 03:03 PM
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I saw the title of this thread and thought there would be pictures of young feather dusters showing their boobs
Now that was funny!
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Old 12/30/2007, 07:02 PM
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That WAS pretty funny....

johnd4g, beware!


The beginning...



Now, about 6 months later...



But I don't really mind. I plan to use stainless forceps to pluck a few that are rubbing my corals, but most people who have seen my tank think they look pretty. They are all over the place now, even forming colonies in the sand.

They are also a good flow indicator!
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Old 12/30/2007, 07:07 PM
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Great pic.
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Old 12/30/2007, 08:37 PM
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Having lots of feather dusters is a sign of a healthy tank, how long have you guys had your tanks set up for?
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Old 12/30/2007, 08:48 PM
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They're harmless and I think they're pretty, I hope you choose to keep them
The population will probably grow and recede over time, depending on how much food (floating detritus etc.) is available. I'd enjoy the bloom while you have it, they may not last
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Old 12/30/2007, 10:45 PM
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Having lots of feather dusters is a sign of a healthy tank, how long have you guys had your tanks set up for?
Skepperz, about 6 months....I dosed a lot of DT's phytoplankton until I cut back on feeding recently. I suspect the phyto really helped them take off.
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Old 12/30/2007, 11:10 PM
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Having lots of feather dusters is a sign of a healthy tank,
Guess I've got a very healthy tank.lol.
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Old 12/30/2007, 11:22 PM
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I've had this tank set up for about a year and no new additions for about four months. It was a big surprise to see the Feather Dusters multiply so rapidly. My other tank has been up for over four years and although there are FDs here and there I've never seen an outbreak in it like in this one. I plan to let them alone unless I see them overtaking the corals.
BTW... I enjoyed the comments about the Feather Duster boobs. I was wondering if the subject line would draw some comments like that.
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Old 12/30/2007, 11:32 PM
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yep, that's is a sign of a healty tank. I have several in my fuge, but none in the display. I suspect the pep's may have something to do with that.
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Old 12/30/2007, 11:33 PM
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That WAS pretty funny....

johnd4g, beware!


The beginning...



Now, about 6 months later...



But I don't really mind. I plan to use stainless forceps to pluck a few that are rubbing my corals, but most people who have seen my tank think they look pretty. They are all over the place now, even forming colonies in the sand.

They are also a good flow indicator!
those are some really good looking dusters lol
 

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