Thank you to everyone on responding to this post. i will try to answer all the questions thrown at me in this response.
i am mind blown on how helpful everyone has been and i am forever thankful.
i had started this tank 4 years ago it has a bed base of ocean sand,covered in crushed coral. there is a lot of live rock in the tank and a few pieces of green marble lookin rock. the plants in the tank are not real- i have those all in the 200 gallon reef. i started the tank with the common Percula Clown fish i have in the tank STILL, along with the Brittle Serpent Starfish i have as well. (there were a few others but...you know how it goes)
Nemo, the clown fish is a happy little guy and the starfish, at 4 years old, is very active.
Maintenance on this tank has been very minimal. i find in this tank if i do a water change as often as i can, it seems that the tank breaks down and things go wrong. so- the water evaporates, i add prepped tap water with the proper chemicals to remove the harmful things in the water. i add Aqua plus in the water that i am prepping and it seems to do the trick. i also add Marine Max from Tropical Science to the water on a regualr basis.
i added a few new friends to the tank which are: an arrow crab, a Firefish goby, a Cleaner Wrasse and a purple tip anemone as well.
everythign in the tank seems to get along great. they swim and play with each other in funny little ways.
i will be honest, i have not checked the chemical levels in the tank cause i havent gotten a testing kit, but i assume im doing something right cause i cant seem to kill anything in the tank. lol
i do a 6 month tear apart and cleaning. if i do it sooner or more often, like i stated before, it seems to be a bad thing for this tank....
the light is a 2 light system, brand unknown, with the atinic and white lights in it. the light is not on all the time, cause if i do...the green grass grows. i can control that with my light schedule...and everythign living in the tank seems to be adjusted to my schedule.
i guess i have a bond with this tank. Hmm.
Now as for the red stuff i was asking about.... when i pulled a piece off, it is....spongy. it does feel like a mushroom stem....and im talkin about a mushroom we eat.
i can post mroe pictures if needed.....or that one guy found some of mine on my photo bucket account.
Thank you for everything.