View Full Version : Good, Bad, or just ugly


GA-PEACHES72
02-15-2008, 8:33 AM
I have a new thing in my tank. I need help with the id please.

Tonester_man
02-15-2008, 8:37 AM
cuke

FutureInterest
02-15-2008, 8:38 AM
I vote ugly.

GA-PEACHES72
02-15-2008, 8:41 AM
Is it good for the tank?

Ralph ATL
02-15-2008, 9:40 AM
http://home2.pacific.net.ph/~sweetyummy42/hitchhikers.html

http://www.melevsreef.com/id/

http://www.xtalworld.com/Aquarium/hitchfaq.htm

Barbara
02-15-2008, 10:36 AM
What the heck is that thing? I do agree with the ugly vote.

Good luck Peaches! I hope it's the magical answer to all things that plague a reef tank!

Gwhiz
02-15-2008, 10:43 AM
It's a sea cucumber...is it as white as it appears in that pic? Usually they're darker.

I've got four in my tank...they eat detritus and help clean the tank (mine are black, tho). The biggest problem with them is that if they die they can pollute your tank so you should keep track of him as best you can.

GA-PEACHES72
02-15-2008, 11:16 AM
His really white on the bottom and a with a little brown/black spots on top. Glad to hear they are good being I left it in the tank when I came to work today.

Thanks Mysterybox for those sites they were a lot of help. I have found out I have a lot of cool things in my tank. I was worried about them but now I am really happy.

Cameron
02-15-2008, 11:22 AM
Is their a forth option?

Gwhiz
02-15-2008, 11:29 AM
Is their a forth option?

lol--like a "It's not necessarily bad but I wouldn't want it in my tank" option?

chicagoman_35
02-15-2008, 11:34 AM
Fugly

GA-PEACHES72
02-15-2008, 11:39 AM
I think I will call him George. And I will huge him and squeeze him. lol

Gwhiz
02-15-2008, 11:42 AM
I think I will call him George. And I will huge him and squeeze him. lol

I think I've just been insulted:o or propositioned!:shades:

Anyway, FYI--

Many of these creatures are nocturnal and all require large amounts of foodstuffs, which they process fully within about one hour. For some species, sinking shrimp pellets are a good food source should there not be enough detritus coated material in the aquarium. And, its not a good practice to place any of the roaming sand and rubble cleaners in newly established aquariums, as they will slowly starve.

And be forewarned, cucumbers will grow smaller if they don't find sufficient food. If this happens or they are pestered by tankmates, they should be removed from the aquarium before they release deadly toxins (holothurin and holotoxin). Even though happenings such as this is quite rare, these toxins, chemically called triterpenglycosides, will cause fishes in the aquarium to act skittish, exhibit respiratory distress, and probably die soon after exposure. Other invertebrates are usually not effected. Since these toxins reduce water surface tension, a protein skimmer may overflow. And if a cucumber is sucked into a powerhead and shredded, I recommend a major water change, increased protein skimming and possibly a canister filter with an ample amount of activated carbon be employed.

Even though most are fairly ugly, some are excellent substrate cleaners, such as some members in the genus Holothuria, i.e., H. hilla, H. impatiens and H. thomasi. Sand and organic material that go into one end are separated, with organic matter being digested and sand particles expelled at its opposite end. Always reminds me of something like a car wash!

Barbara
02-15-2008, 11:55 AM
...And he shall be your squishy, and you shall call him squishy and he shall be yours!

Cameron
02-15-2008, 11:59 AM
I think I will call him George. And I will huge him and squeeze him. lolgreat quote...

GA-PEACHES72
02-15-2008, 3:16 PM
Thanks to all for all the help. Maybe he can find enough poo in the tank.

Ralph ATL
02-15-2008, 9:55 PM
Thanks to all for all the help. Maybe he can find enough poo in the tank.

About once or twice a month, Cameron and I start throwing $hit at eat other, maybe we throw some your way? for your "george" that is!

GA-PEACHES72
02-15-2008, 10:04 PM
Who knows he may like it. lol

Ralph ATL
02-15-2008, 10:15 PM
:lol2:

tnyga
02-16-2008, 8:13 AM
This is going way wrong....GL George..youll be in my prayers lol

Harleyguy
02-16-2008, 8:16 PM
You here me boy.....IT'S THE DEVIL