View Full Version : Can anyone identify this?

02-28-2006, 07:14 AM
I found it in my tank this morning on the back corner. Just this ziggy-zaggy line going up and down the glass. At first I freaked, thinking my glass was cracking. :eek: My next thought was some type of species propogation.


And just below it, some more...

Ever think of starting a forum subsection just for identification?

02-28-2006, 09:35 AM
That is a tough one. Do you have any cerith snails in your tank?
Are the squigly lines made up of a bunch of tiny dots?

Up close does it look like this - http://www.melevsreef.com/id/cerith_eggs.jpg

An identification forum might be a good idea.
What does everyone else think?

02-28-2006, 09:37 AM
The image above are cerith eggs and was taken from melevsreef.com - http://www.melevsreef.com/id/kritter2.html

02-28-2006, 09:46 AM
Someone on another forum confirmed that they are probably Cerith snail eggs. I do have Ceriths in my tank. Only a half dozen or so. I guess this means that at least something is doing well in my tank.:D I would imagine that if the conditions weren't optimal, they wouldn't be laying eggs.

02-28-2006, 09:58 AM
Cerith eggs are my best guess. Good luck with them. Hopefully when they hatch some will not get eaten by your fish and make it to adulthood. :)

02-28-2006, 10:13 AM
A new forum for identifications has been set up and this thread has been moved! :)

02-28-2006, 10:45 AM
I pulled out one of the kid's magnifying glasses and tried to take a look. Sure enough, close up they look like tiny little bubbles. It's really tough to tell since they were laid right in the corner of the tank, on top of the black silicone in the corner. Only a small amount are visible from the side of the tank. It is so nice to have good things happen in the tank and not have to go through the loss of a fish for a bit. Can I expect to get any of these snails to make it to adults or should I expect them to get eaten at some point? So far, no one seems interested in picking at the eggs.

02-28-2006, 10:53 AM
I have never had ceriths lay eggs in my tank before so I'm not sure if any will make it to adulthood. I would think that most fish would relish the opportunity to dine on some snail larvae after the eggs hatch. I think your odds would be much better with a fishless tank but I don't know.

03-01-2006, 08:23 AM
Definately Cerith Snail eggs.

03-01-2006, 09:29 AM
I found another string on a rock last night. Busy little critters

03-08-2006, 09:58 AM
Found two more strings on a rock, they are down in an indentation so they haven't been disturbed. The original batch on the glass got eaten. A second and third batch appeared in the opposite glass corners, one of which has also been eaten. I am assuming that this is a good thing and even if the fish keep eating them, they make good food for the fish.

03-08-2006, 10:02 AM
Free fish food! :D
Add a little variety to their diet.

03-09-2006, 07:19 AM
Yes, but think of how sad the mommy and daddy snails will be.:(

03-09-2006, 10:15 AM
But it just gives them another reason to keep on trying. :D