Weird Little Sponge :)

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  1. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

    Ok... and for something not X-Treme at all... :D

    Here's a weird little sponge that has been growing in my prop tank. It originally came from my 90g softie tank that I took down. I've had these sponges for probably about 2 years, and they multiply pretty easily.

    Pretty cool orange mottled color, and they totally glow under actinics. They can grow to at least marble size... maybe even bigger. Trying to see if I can grow grapefruit sized ones :D

    Interesting to play with for filtration. Sponges are supposed to process a lot of water. And they pull silicates from the water for their spicules.

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    Speak up if you want some!
     
  2. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Hook me up with one, Norm!
     
  3. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Hahah cool, I love sponges, I got a ton of mini ones (grains of rice size) that managed to take up residence in my external overflow box, so they're under a constant waterfall and I'm guessing they like it! So much it gave me the idea to put some sponges in my other tank's overflow as well, super bright neon green ones.
     
  4. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    You need to post some pics, Mike. :)
     
  5. LeviT

    LeviT Guest

    Cool, looks like an eyeball. You can call it the "Mr.Ugly is watching" sponge. I actually have a few plane white ones and some tunicates I could put ip but they don't look as cool.
     
  6. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    You're the picture taker Eric not I! :D I'll see what I can do though.
     
  7. nash

    nash Guest

    Norm,sure looks like a Fat AEFW egg sack to me ;D But what the heck put me in line looks good ;)
     
  8. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    so neat! do sponges become a pest after awhile? does this one spread through the water column?
     
  9. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    What's the difference between this and the chicken liver sponges?
     
  10. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

    Hmm... shapewise, these are discrete spheres. The chicken liver is encrusting?

    Don't know what else. Haven't looked into this sponge much. Don't know what kind it is. Just that a few people have seen it in the tank and thought the bright glow was kinda cool :D

    Is this orange ball sponge? Just saw a ref to that. Atlantic...
     
  11. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

    [quote author=kinetic link=topic=3028.msg32696#msg32696 date=1202865462]
    so neat! do sponges become a pest after awhile? does this one spread through the water column?
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    The soft cottony ones can be a pain I guess. This one is firm and prickly. It just shows up all over. Easy to remove if necessary.

    Thought it would be cool to set up an area in the sump packed with sponges. I have a bunch of other weird sponges growing all over under the frag racks. Gray worm looking ones. Some cool blue ones. Cottony white stuff. Yellow blobs.
     
  12. LeviT

    LeviT Guest

    Go ahead and put me down for some Norman. I'll let you know if I'll be at the BOD mtg or the April mtg. Thanks.
     
  13. LeviT

    LeviT Guest

    I got 3 of these from Norm and the largest one blew up into 5 small ones so I can give out 3 to someone else if anyone is interested. These are hardly noticable in my tank but when just the actinics are on they glow orange.
     
  14. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Yup, this stuff seems to want to split. One of the ones that I got from Norm went from one to three. Not sure what got it to split, since the other 3 are still the same size.

    I can do 3 of them too for whomever is interested.
     
  15. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    I love to give it a try, I'm plumbing in a small tank filled with liverock, they'd be perfect!
     
  16. LeviT

    LeviT Guest

    I'll have them at the meeting next month for you Jeremy.

    Anyone want these from Eric? (Ibn)
     
  17. Rekonn

    Rekonn Guest

    I'll take one if available.
     
  18. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Can't make it to the next meeting, so you'll have to wait. Otherwise, you can pick it up at my place in San Jose.
     
  19. yardartist

    yardartist Guest

    Are these available from any tanks at the present time?

    Thanks,
     
  20. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Not all IIRC. Some do not utilize silica at all IIRC but rather calcium.

    I'd like one as well :)
     

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