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Old 03-24-2007, 06:17 PM   #1
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Just picked up a sponge

So the guy at the fish store gave me a good deal on a fairly large orange sponge. Im not sure what kind it is, but it is orange and in the shape of a disc. I've read up on them and know all about their requirements about no aire and plenty of flow with little light. Anyway, do you guys have an pointers about making the ideal situation possible for this guy? TIA....
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Cool. A pic would help. Different kinds of sponges have different requirements and some can be toxic.
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Wow your picking difficult, risky animals. Most sponges do not do well over time in aquariums. They require specific sizes, types of palnkton that are not readily available to hobbiest or exactly known. They can foul a tank when they die as well. Good luck
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Let`s see a pic so we can identify it.
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Old 03-25-2007, 01:38 PM   #5
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Well life is the for the adventerous, and I always make sure that I can provide for an an animal and if I cant I find where I can get him where he will be ok. Here is a pic:
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Very nice sponge.
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Old 03-25-2007, 05:44 PM   #7
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Thanks, whats your opinion on the difficulty of thid type of sponge?
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Well life is the for the adventerous, , and I always make sure that I can provide for an an animal
Well it's alittle late now, to find out the difficulty, since you already purchased the sponge. I just want to point out that part of being a responsible, successful hobbiest is not buying animals that are doomed in aquariums and contribute to natural reef destruction. That was my point. I'm not trying to be abrasive, just making a point for your and your tanks/animals sake. AFAIK and have seen all sponges are difficult and require target feeding of plankton(phyto and zoo) a few times a week. Except for those that sometimes hitchhike in on LR and survive. Hopefully Melosu can give you some info.
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OK, I knew it was going to be a challenge, and I do my best to make the water quality as good as it gets. It never exceeds 10 and have everything pretty much in balance. I know about the feeding, I wouldnt of got it if I didnt think it would have worked out, Ive learned my lesson enough.....
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I believe that is the Clathria sp. sponge...toxic. May poison things close to it if stressed. Needs dim lighting but strong indirect flow. Don't place a powerhead directly on it, it'll fall apart. They can grow to about 3 ft wide and tall, need the smallest of phyto. I'd suggest something like DT's oyster eggs or something of a similar small size.
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