Sponge- black with bluish/ white tips

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  1. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    Over the past year I've noticed this sponge in the back of my tank, growing up arms kind of like cactus. I don't know where the sponge came from, perhaps it's from the DBTC for the Black Branching Sponge ( http://www.bareefers.org/home/node/7489). No matter where it came from it's pretty neat- it grows upwards like a tree, moves a bit in current and has blueish white tips, especially to the top branches. The body is very dark and looks black to me. It's middle to high in my tank right now so it can take light. I have to thrown in one of my favorite aspects of sponges- they're immune from LPS sweepers. :D
    If you want a piece, I can cut a few branches off and deliver at the frags swap in August. Standard DBTC rules and pick a # from 1-20.

    Edit: Be sure to read this thread before taking a piece so you are educated on it and any possible issues with it. If anyone is uncomfortable with it and doesn't want a piece, I'm not offended. :) 2 experpts to be aware of from this thread are:

    From Tuberider:
    One thing to note about this sponge, is that it either has a symbiotic relationship with gram positive bacteria or consumes it as it is one of the only things affected when I dose EM into tanks, keep that in mind. Not to say that we all use EM, I rarely do, however, from a propagation standpoint I feel obligated to share my experiences.

    From Gresham:
    Also note: some people are very allergic to this particular sponge. I know several that are and one that can not even put his hand in a tank where the colony has been messed with in any manor.


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  2. GDawson

    GDawson Guest

    Would love to try, but my display tank is too new and not stable enough yet....

    -Gregory
     
  3. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    never seen these before....I'll guess #19
     
  4. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    One thing to note about this sponge, is that it either has a symbiotic relationship with gram positive bacteria or consumes it as it is one of the only things affected when I dose EM into tanks, keep that in mind. Not to say that we all use EM, I rarely do, however, from a propagation standpoint I feel obligated to share my experiences.
     
  5. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

  6. nudibranch

    nudibranch Guest

  7. r0ck0

    r0ck0 Guest

    That sounds important, can you break it down? What is EM, is there a negative outcome?
     
  8. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    Erethromycin, it causes them to die back significantly, they do usually come back strong, but it does take its toll.
     
  9. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Also note: some people are very allergic to this particular sponge. I know several that are and one that can not even put his hand in a tank where the colony has been messed with in any manor.
     
  10. Erythromycin is a broad spectrum macrolide that binds with 50S subunits, so it might not be limited to gram positive strains. ;). A powerfull one at that too considering its uses. (everything from STDs, lyme disease, and even anthrax) so if EES dosn't kill this sponge, how much more can it take?

    to the OP: In the spirit of DBTC i find it great that you've chose to share your specimen, but with what has been stated i cant help but to be concerned. From what Gresham has explaine this particular species had the capability of affecting histamine receptors....depending on an individuals level of sensitivity to this specimen, Tx would be very limited. There are little known protocols for reactions caused by marine life in most clinical settings, so please proceed with caution.

    In no way am i trying to hate on your sharing, but you may want to tell any hypersensitive DBTCers to have an Epi-Pen on hand :D
     
  11. r0ck0

    r0ck0 Guest

    Interesting article about sponges and their prodigious consumption of carbon.
    http://coralmagazine.coverleaf.com/coral/20100102#pg5
     
  12. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    It wouldn't kill Cyano if it didn't ;)
     
  13. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    No problem, I edited the original post to add a warning.
     
  14. treylane

    treylane Guest

    +1 for hands getting all stung up and puffy after messing with this stuff.... it's not the end of the world though, and there are plenty of other corals/nems that cause reactions anyway. Tis a very neat addition to a tank imo. :)
     
  15. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    Sponge frags goes to:
    Coral Reefer, Zepplock and Nudibranch. See you at the swap.

    When I cut up the sponge if I get any reaction I'll post here.
     
  16. nudibranch

    nudibranch Guest

    Thank you
     

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