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Old 07-19-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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Any ideas on identity?

I have noticed this "thing" growing on a piece of my base rock. I found it probably 3 months ago. I haven't seen much change until today. It seems to have doubled in size in about a week. Right now it is still smaller than a nickel in diameter but it seems to have something else growing off of it. Is this a type of sponge maybe?

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Old 07-19-2012, 10:23 PM   #2
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Yeah, most likely just a sponge.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:27 PM   #3
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How fast do sponges typically grow and what do they need for survival? What can I expect from it as far as beneficial?
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For some reason, it looks like a mushroom to me. Does it change shape/size at night?
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:36 PM   #5
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I haven't really noticed it change shape. Honestly, I don't think it is a shroom as I don't have nearly sufficient lighting for corals. However, I will see if I can get a closer look at it once lights are out.
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Here are a couple other pictures of it and to give a better idea, it has a hole in the center that allows you to see half way into it kinda like an open mouth of an anemone. The cloudy area to the left is like a green "cotton" or thick spiders cobweb if that helps the description. I haven't tried to touch it to check for texture for the fear of harming something possibly beneficial. Sorry if the pictures aren't all that great... (cell phone)

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Oh ok. Maybe it's just the way I'm looking at it. Looks very similar to this shroom I have -

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Any other ideas?
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:19 PM   #9
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No? Ok then. Just have to wait and see what develops.
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:14 AM   #10
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Looks like a pineapple spine covered in algae , dose it have a opening on the top in the middle of it ?
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