White "louse", good or bad?

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  1. 2balive

    2balive

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    Hi

    I have been noticing these funny white "plumes" in the dark, low flow area of my filter this week. Now saw one inside my tank tonight.

    The are cream, looks like a elongated polyp and a prickly (looks like it, did not touch it) tentacles sticking out of their head. Is about 8mm high, 3mm diameter.

    I saw them in Elite's Durbanville's little fish holding tanks as well a month ago.

    Sorry of the photo, struggling to get my camera to focus on it.

    Are they good or bad, if bad, how do I get rid of them?

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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    looks like a turnicate, if it is its a filter for the system and good to have.. its a good indicator that the microlife is getting underway in your system..
     
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    2balive

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    Thanks, it won't take over my tank?

    Worried about its rapid growth in my filter area, will try to take a photo of it in there.
     
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    Yip, sponges, tunicates, sea squirts. Good to have as they are filter feeders. They will thrive in low light low flow areas, so don't worry.
     
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