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Need Help Identifying This Growth

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    See the photos attached. I've got what looks like white worms but they don't appear to be alive. Can anybody help me diagnose?
     

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    They look like miniature feather dusters or spaghetti worms. Do they have a little fuzzy out the open end like a big feather duster ? Kind of hard to tell in the picture. Look up other pictures of both of those and see if that is what you have.
     
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    Those are a species of feather duster i can see the feathers coming out of the tubes in the 2nd pictures. spaghetti worms have a body thats made if sand and mucus as well.

    Feather dusters are typically a sign of a healthy tank but if you over feed your tank they will reproduce like rabbits. I have them everywhere in my tank and they become a pain because they grow on anything. Such as all over my zoas :(
     
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    I could not make out the duster end, but thought thats what they were.
     
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    Should I try and remove them
     
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    I have them too. I like them. They do not hurt anything.
     
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    They are typically a sign of a healthy tank. If you feed a lot they will reproduce and grow everywhere. If you want to get rid of them or minimize the chance of them spreading watch how much you feed.
     
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    Thought I'd post an update on my feather duster garden. They are still growing and now the feathers easily seen.
     

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    Looking good !
     
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