Weird things in Sump

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  1. Kunhardt

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    I have noticed over the past 2 days weird whitish, clear almost beehive shaped organisms growing on the glass of my sump and overflow. They are nowhere else in the tank only there. Wish i could take a pic, but they are in awkward places to photograph and are very small. Any idea what these could be? I hope not the formation of aptasia?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    it could be a form of sponge
     
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    Yeah, probably little sponges or mini sea squirts - leave them, they are good water filters.
     
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    Doesnt sound like Aiptasia at all. Sounds more like a healthy aquarium forming :)
     
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    post some pics of your dt:thumbup:
     
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    Phew! Good to hear. Man i am soooo paranoid of getting aiptasia. :)
     
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    Hmm they do look kinda squirty, maybe thats what they are. There are lots of them thats all i know.
     
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    Is it possibly tubeworms?
     
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    Been trying for a few days now to take some worthwhile pics, but i just cant seem to take anything decent. And my fish seem to be very camera shy. Will try again today.
     
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    They dont look like any tube worms i have seen before, i have lots forming on the glass and rocks as well...the common white tubed ones. I will try look on google for pics of tube worms, squirts and sponges and see if any resemble them.
     
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    Hi Kunhardt - try Google: white hairy sponge It sounds like you are describing these little critters. They are aresome to have - I have HUNDREDS of them in my tank's sump!
     
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    While looking up white hairy sponges i came across this pic of a sea vase, this is what they look like i think

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    they are cool, filter feeders like squirts
     
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    My tank seems to be seeming with life lately. Its only 2 months old and looks better than my nano did after 5 months. I guess larger amounts of water really do make a difference. I was suprised to see my sand stone base rock even has tubeworms on it and quite a bit of corraline already. Things are looking promising. :thumbup:
     
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    Kunhardt,
    Do a search for sycon or fuzzy sponges, they are harmless filter feeders and good to have.
     
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    Ya Mike, I am pretty sure now that they are sycon sponges now. Good to know they are harmless. Will try and get a pic of mine, but like i said they are so small and in hard to photograph places.
     
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    They usually are, they don't like to grow in direct sun light and prefer the deepest, darkest, low flow spots of your sump.
     
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    These white cacoons sound so much like the fanworm infestation I had... They hitchhiked on the rocks and grew onto everything. And if i am correct Kunhardt would have gotten his rockwork from the same place as me, which gives a good chance its the same thing.
     
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    Haven't seen any on my rocks or in my DT yet, but if they are the sycon sponges, which i am pretty sure they are now after getting home and having a good look at them, then I probably wont see them, as Mike says they are in the deeper dark low flow spots.

    Don't worry Storm I only got about 3kg's of LR from the place i think u are refering to. Got most of my rock from Lowflyer when he was thinking of going FW.
     
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    Managed to get a load of pics taken this afternoon check my tank thread once they uploaded. :)
     
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