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Sponges and sea squirts

Discussion in 'Other Invertebrates' started by Quas111, Jun 19, 2015.

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  1. Quas111

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    Sponges are abundant along reefs and near nutrient rich waters. Their role in the ecosystem is to filter massive quantities of seawater. They take out toxic inorganic elements and minerals, as well as dissolved organic compounds, to incorporate into their structure. Most of these sponges do not have skeletons. They are however supported by simple cells. Sponges are one of the most primitive forms of life, containing no distinct organs. They are however just a structure made of tissue which contains a very vast network of chambers and pores.

    Types of large sponges commonly seen in the hobby:

    Blue sponge
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    Tiger sponge
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    Tunicates
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    Tube sponge
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    Tree sponges
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    Types of small sponges commonly seen in the hobby:

    Pineapple sponges
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    Feel free to pm me if i missed out any significant type of sponge. Ill include credits to those who contribute :)
     
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    Good thread!! Zeovit system also rely on sponges to keep the water clean as well by dosing "sponge power" which is food for sponges. Note that when those big sponges die off, they can release toxic. If that happens, make sure you use some activated carbon to remove them.
     
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    Finally there is some attention on sponges! I have been interested in keeping sponges. In fact, I bought a blue sponge and an orange sponge some time back. However, both are not doing well. They are diminishing in size. Anyone here can share how to keep sponge in a reef tank?

    I have lots of pineapple sponges that grew by themselves. But somehow the 2 that I bought cannot do well.

    I tried dosing spongepower at one time but experienced some rtn on my sps so I stopped dosing spongepower just in case. Not sure if spongepower is only suitable for tanks running on zeovit system or ulns. Mine is not zeovit.

    Appreciate if anyone can share.
     
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    Any local lfs sell sponges? Not the exp tiger sponge
     
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    Normally Ah Beng have blue sponge.
     
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    Yes ahbeng always have. Those big branchy blue sponge.
     
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    Ah Beng have? ok Next time I look out
     
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    Wow the Tiger is new to me. I thought the Lightening (white line) sponge was neat, but the Tiger is amazing.
     

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