Growth on my live rock???

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  1. hrobbertze

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    Good afternoon fellow reef keepers
    Yesterday I noticed what looks like a spongey substance growing on my live rock. Any one know what it is and if I should be worried? I am attaching some pics.

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    It's probably sponge. Might cause kak for you in the long run as I understand it.

    If the lionfish doesn't munch that Dottyback before that :)
     
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    I may be wrong but the red looks like marco algae which is ok, sponge is ok it's a filter feeder leave it & let it grow it's a sign of a happy tank.
     
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    Isn't he referring to the blue stuff?
     
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    You need to get rid of the lion fish or its dinners
    One day, he will eat them
     
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    Thanks for the replies. @RocketRooster. I was refering to the white spongey stuff that is growing in the tank. @RiaanP. LIonfish is suppose to be a dwarf, but having my doubts as well. Still small, but will keep an eye on him. Might be for sale on MASA soon ;)
     
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    Your eye may get lazy & you'll find something missing like that dottyback.
     
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    I keep an eye on all my fish. By golly, there are only 4 including the lionfish! Clown, sailfin, strawberry gramma and lion. 45 litre nano cube, not that much space to hide. :offtopic:
     
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    @hrobbertze,
    How quick did this white growth grow? What does it feel like?
     
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    Was about a week (give or take). Took some dead xenia's out on Saturday.:041:
    My hubby actually saw it first on the rock with the xenia. Took it off. Looks and feels like sponge.
     
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    If it spreads slowly, leave it be, sponges are filterfeeders. If it spreads fairly quick, rather remove it,as a 45L nano do not have much space for one organism overgrowing everything...
     
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    Thanks Gesiggie! Will keep an eye. Only growing on the live rock that is the highest. Strange but true.
     
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    A lionfish in a nano is not good either. They are messy feeders and waste a lot. Your parameters will always be an issue.

    I see the sailfin is one of those minute small ones. Smaller than a R5 coin. Anyway they do grow rather fast and even a 250L system is to small for them. The clown and gramma could stay. I doubt if you should have more than them, maybe another clown so that they can be a pair. But that is it in this small system.
     
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    @RiaanP. The only fish that could be a problem is the lion. The sailfin will be moved about 10 metres if he gets to big. Another 480 litre tank in the house. No issue there LOL. Lion about 3 cm body at present, but very fussy! Very worrying at this stage. Not my best move I know! Like I said, might be for sale soon Hehe
     
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    Some lionfish can be fussy eaters try feeding lance fish soaked in entice or garlic it should hopefully get him to eat.
     
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    Will try that tonight. Thanks!
     
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