Blue Spong coral - now white

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  1. PeterL

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    I got blue sponge coral, about the size of the average hand, this particular one is white (been so sice I got it, actually bought it white). I notice close to where it is attached to the rock ther is a slight change in shade towrad blue but nothing to write home about, maybe the size of a R5 coin. Will this ever recover and completely blue out, or is this actually meant to be white, or is it dead??
     
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    Sounds dead, But I'm not a coral expert. :(
     
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    me neither and that is what I assumed too - again, just an assumption, I have hunted online for any helpful info but came up empty handed. Even dead - it doesn't seem to be doing any harm but looking like a big piece of white plastic in the tank, adds color for right now and I am not adding anything to the tank for the next few months so unless it poses a threat to the chemical balance which so far it hasn't, it could just "park off and play dead"
     
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    Is this a sponge? Did it get into contact with air at some stage? SDponges do not like that

    How about posting a pic
     
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    I would if I could figure out how - please help with that one...I can get the pic uploaded to my profile but then? I just want to get it into the thread
     
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    I use photobucket, perhaps PM a mod (tobes) and ask how the masa pic loader works)
     
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    I think you have the some sponge that i have

    Mine turned from green to green sea blue(more blue than green)...and is now growing fast.

    Mine took about 1 month to change colour....i think it has something to do with light.
    It come out of a system that had mostly 10'k globes and my tank is more towards 14'k

    Will let you know if its the same sponge once you upload
     
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    The sponge i have is called Collospongia it is a photosynthetic sponge( comes from the Indo-Pacific)...so it likes to be in the light
     
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    If you have the Blue Haliclona sponge...and it turned white it will deff not be dead...the dead part normally turn brown;)

    Sorry for all the posts....
     
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    many posts are fine, I will get a pic and send it in a min...
     
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    Here is a pic...does it look like what you are talking about?

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    Deff Collospongia dude

    Very bad shape...i wont keep it in the tank...but thats just me.

    I dont think it will be able to photosynthesize anymore.....i think direct feeding will probably get it ack...but i wont take the chance
     
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    i see you have one more sponge to the right.....that spoge is a non-photosynthetic sponge...you will have to keep it where there is very little light...it looks like its getting brown on the top
     
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    same here lanzo, will get rid of it, how long do you have the orange tree sponge in there?
    Mine didn't like the bright light.
     
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    I got both of them about 2 weeks ago, looking exactly as they are and hoped they would recover to what they should be. It looks like I may very well be taking them back to whee they came from and get a refund...then bide my time to get something better later on after I have done a little window shopping and research.
     
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    the tree sponge is fine, just keep it like Lanzo said, in a darker area, mine looked better after a 2 weeks in the shade spot, if you remove it, please keep it under water putting it in a bag, I learned the hard way:(
     
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    Your orange sponge has nothing to worry about with the lighting you have. I, well the wife with her hard work and my advice that helps a little, has one in our/her nano for about two years in full light. Light will not kill the sponge UV and lack of nutrients will.

    About the blue sponge. I put this blue sponge species in the same basket as aiptasia, flat worm, Bryopsis etc. IMO remove it before it takes over your tank.
     
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    if you want a sponge to regain its colour, you need to dose iodine in your tank.
     
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    Never dose anything you can not measure. Especially in a new tank. Iodine is a delicate element. The effect iodine has on sponges is to disinfect/kill bacteria, most non beneficial in other areas. NEVER DOSE IODINE unless you monitor aquarium concentrations.
     
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    im curious, are you saying the only use of iodine is disinfecting?
     
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