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[AGA Member] RE: Foreign substance

It looks very well organized and purposeful. I have since grabbed one of
the threads with tweezers and picked it up out of the water. It held up
nice and firmly although the threads collapsed like wet hair while it
was out of the water. I also noticed while I had it out of the water
that there is a jelly like clear material around the core about twice
the core diameter. I dropped it back into the cup and it went right back
into it's spherical floating shape. It definitely seems to be designed
to float away on the water current. I set the cup on the window sill.
Maybe it will hatch/sprout.

> Sounds like fungus growing on a piece of something dead, or on uneaten
> food.
> Mike Wickham

> Could it be some type of mould (threads) growing on a piece
> of organic matter (the core)?
> Stephan
> ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Harold LaRoux <hlx@sbcglobal.net>
> > To: <aga-member@thekrib.com>
> > Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2003 8:20 PM
> > Subject: Foreign substance
> >
> > I have a newly setup tank that I noticed something
> > floating in shortly after adding some new plants. I
> > have to admit that since I didn't really rinse the
> > plants off well, I don't know if it came from the new
> > plants or was already there from some previous
> > plantings, but here's what it looks like.
> >
> > It is spherical and about the size of a small marble in
> > diameter. It has a center core that looks somewhat
> > fibrous with very thin white hair-like threads
> > extending outwards. The core is a darker opaque sort of
> > ivory color. Imagine if you clipped off the head of a
> > dandelion seed pod before any of the tiny seeds had a
> > chance to blow away and this is what this looks like.
> >
> > Any ideas? It definitely seems to be vegetable in nature
> > but I am very curious as to what it is. If it is a seed
> > of some sort, should I put it back in the tank?

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