Id on Purple tubes

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  1. Dillan

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    Morning all need some help on ID ing this tube like sponge it is growing well and came in from a local rock i added its soft and hollow :thumbup:

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    Looks like type of sponge
     
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    I've got it as well. My LFS couldn't give me the name though but they said with those tubes growing, is an indication of good water quality.
     
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    It is a sponge. they need iodine in water to thrive. do not expose to air
     
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    Hi mine is growing fast it cam in after we picked up a rock that it was on it has broken off in my tank and landed where it now is and is growing well,m my water is not great my PO4 and Nitates are a little high ..
     
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    Could it not be Tunicates...
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    Nopesickle belindamotion!
     
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    Not the white stuff sticking out like tubes...:confused1:
     
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    Ok i have an idea ill take my underwater camera and take a pic of it maybe that will help,
     
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    Hey belindamotion i think you and i are on the same page. arent turnicates small sponges?
     
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    No they aren't... sponges belong to the phylum Porifora, and tunicates are chordates. You can see the difference between the two. Sponges may or may not have oscula. If they do they are randomly placed and there can be any number, usually a lot. Tunicates however, have two siphons or openings, the in and exhalent. They look similar to a songes oscula, except there are only ever two.. That's how I usually tell the difference. They also sit proud of the body. Some tunicate species are colonial, and can appear sponge-like. Tunicates are at the bottom of our evolutionary tree, and the start of the chordata, which include all animals with a notochord, the evolutionary start of what we call our spinal chord...
     
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    That looks like a sponge...
     
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    I would like to state for the record that even if you and your ancestors came from turnicates, that my ancestors were created!:thumbup:
     
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    Every man/woman to their own:p
     
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    One can see clearly it has two holes on each tupe and thats it the tubes are growin a mm a day at least the flow is strong where it has landed

    On the top right is another "thing" i have no idea what it is.

    Ill post a pic in a new thread

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    Tunicates also have a uniform shape, and these seem to be growing all over the place. IMHO I still think it is a sponge...
     
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    It's Haliclona. Local blue photosynthetic sponge. Very common in rockpools here. Seems to tolerate air exposure because it's often found intertidally. Generally does quite well.
     
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