Growth in the sump

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  1. nudibranch

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    Hi All

    I have noticed some growth in the sump that I'm not sure what it is. There are worm like growth and also white spots on the glass.

    Is this good or bad? Do I clean the sump?

    Thanks
    Paul

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    those are fan worms, good to have, filter feeders, white spots are eggs, harmless and can leave
     
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    Thanks Dallas, eggs to what?
     
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    I got the same thing, only thing to clean is any settled detritus on the bottom of the sump or buildups elsewhere on pumps etc..
     
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    eggs to snails etc
     
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    Thats not detritus, thats tube worms to the max...
     
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    that looks awesome be careful that the don't block any inlets or outlets
     
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    how do you differentiate, i was told that is detritus, got that all under my rocks and stuff.
     
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    Those ones if you look closer are all feather worms. Think if i can remember that sump only few months old, belongs to a guy in Bloem, @Jon Goetsch
     
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    And remove dead floating insects lol
     
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    Dallasg....please forgive me..... is there no chance that the white spots could be calcium precipitation due to lack of magnesium ? Or definitely eggs ?
     
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    Could be many things but the precipitate wouldn't stock to the glass maybe @carlosdeandrade or @459b can help
     
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    Calcium won't stick to the glass if it precipitates out. If it does it will settle as a white powder on the bottom of the sump.
    White dots could be eggs or some small calcareous worm.
     
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    I have an infestation of these worms in my display as well as my sump, although I don't mind them in my sump. They keep colonising in amongst my Zoe's i think they get pulled into the return pump and end up in the display wherever they end up they attach and spread like wildfire,
    I would recomend keeping them away from the pumps in your sump to prevent an outbreak
     
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    They are excellent filter feeders and keep the water clean, I have fish that keep them in check in dt
     
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    Here is what im talking about
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    What fish would you recomend to controll them?
     
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    Butterflies, some wrasses and some angels
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    Butterflies, wrasses and angels. They are the best filter feeders out there (fan worms/tube worms). I don't use any carbon in my tanks because I have tons of fans worms in my sump.
     
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