ID for Strange White Pom-Poms!!

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  1. Christy

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    Hello!!

    Things are going along nicely in the tank, but have noticed the sudden appearance of strange white pom-poms... Does anyone know what they are??

    Should I be concerned about the attack of the killer pom-poms??

    Help with an ID please!! :)

    Thanks,

    Christy

    Evidence of Pom-Poms:

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  3. Meneer

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    It is a type of sponge I was told - good for the tank.
     
  4. rob189

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    ive got loads of them.....sponges i was also told
     
  5. FransSny

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    Yip sponges , good filters
     
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    calcerous sponge, a filter feeder i belive. sign on a healthy tank.
     
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    Christy

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    Yay for signs of a healthy tank!!! :)

    How big do they grow???
     
  8. Nemos Janitor

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    It looks like some type of tunicate.

    Is there a Hole in the middle or is it like a ball?
     
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    well mine have always stayed small...max length of about 1cm
     
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    Round pom-pom with a tube coming out the top...
     
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    Then it is a tunicate.

    Also good to have.
     
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    I agree, little tunicates and/or sea squirts. Can't remember the exact name/species :p
    You get different ones, but those are common and good filter feeders. They grow in the lower flow areas, like the sump and under rocks, etc
     
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    Def calcerous sponges. I have tons in my sump
     
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    I've also heard them referred to as Pineapple or Qtip Sponges
     
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    Haha, me too
     
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    Intern! Make me a Campari...:)
     
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    Love the way the pics are annotated. Makes things so much easier to understand.

    How about an updated full tank shot?
     

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