Could all of this yellow-red hued mass sufferers see be the rotifer "cement" you refer to?
How big are the red eyes? I've seen lots of red spots on this stuff, but usually attribute it to absorbed blood.
Can rotifers generate electiricty?
Do they have amazing quorum sensing, and is it still called that since they are animals and not bacteria?
I know you're right about the removal, and I can't believe in 4 years I haven't figured that out. The hair is the best example. Try to comb a small speck out and suddenly you've involved this huge mass of hair for a 20 minute war. Know what I mean?