NANFA-- "Brain Coral" Freshwater Bryozoans?
Sun, 11 Jun 2000 15:05:48 EDT

I found what I think are freshwater bryozoans (the gelatinous variety) in a
vernal pool (more like a long trench actually) behind my parents house. They
look like brain corals; they're kinda grayish-white in color but some of them
have a faint greenish tinge in places.They grow mainly on the plentiful old
dead leaves which cover the mud substrate, as well as a few small tree
branches that have fallen in the pool. They're delicate and fall apart really
easily when lifting them up out of the water.I managed to get a couple of
them out more or less intact and into a gallon jar (nowhere else to put
them).I remember Moontanman mentioning finding them in his area before, and
think that this must be what these things are. How does one keep them alive
and healthy?What should they be fed? How can i get them ton reproduce? Do
they have to be kept in soft acid water or can they be acclimated to harder,
more alkaline water?

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