What are these...Red Spikes..Tubes....?

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    BB1

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    Hi,

    I have had my tank running now for about 2 weeks (keen to see life from the life rock)....and a few bits of life have shown up.


    So i'm wondering if any one knows what they are? I have a put a couple of picture on here...

    One picture is of a red spiky growth
    The other is of a tube thing

    If you have any idea then please let me know...

    Thanks

    Ben
     

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    The red clusters on the second picture are a type of foraminifera.
    Their presence is usually taken as an indication that the water contains sufficient major and trace elements for calcification.

    Foraminifera - RTAW Reefpedia
    Hitchhikers Guide to the Reef Tank - RTAW Reefpedia

    I'm not sure about the tube. Is it soft and sways with the water? or does it look calcified? (Do not touch with your bare hands - this goes for anything in a saltwater tank).
     
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    The tube kinda looks like the tube of a feather duster. I'm not sure though.
     
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