White Lightning Sponge

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  1. Joost_

    Joost_ Guest

    The main problem with these corals are that the parazoathus usually grow faster than the sponge. The sponge thus eventually dies and because the zoanthids can't survive without their host die too. There are some success stories with a lot of phyto dosing but they are few and far in between. :( On top off that it is very sensitive.
     
  2. GDawson

    GDawson Guest

    Very interesting. Thanks for posting the abstract. I look forward to the follow up.

    Even if they are not parasitic the mass of the zoa may, in time, impede current/food access/circulation to the interior of the sponge. If not by directly growing over the pores on the surface, then by clogging internal water circulation paths with tissue/hold fasts/roots. Not saying this is the case....(I'm just thinking out loud :) )

    -Gregory
     
  3. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    I've unsuccessfully tried another difficult sponge; Tiger tunicate (sp?) which is a beautiful one but it requires heavy feeding- phytofeast/ rotifers, etc. I'll bet this sponge has similar feeding requirements where you need to feed heavy- heavier than the typical reef tank. If you dose heavy RN product maybe it can live but it probably takes a lot more feeding than reefers are willing to do. Maybe someone who knows more about these sponges can chime in as to what it takes for them to live.
     
  4. Joost_

    Joost_ Guest

    http://www.azoox.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=107
    The tank is fed heavily with Shellfish Diet, OysterFeast, Rotifeast, FM foods, and some other products I can't remember on the top off my head.
     
  5. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    joost- thanks for the link. I've seen the tunicate sponges before and they are gorgeous. too bad they require so much food.
     

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