Sponge id

Discussion in 'ID Needed' started by madmatt, 15 Nov 2015.

  1. madmatt

    madmatt

    Joined:
    4 Mar 2014
    Posts:
    1,526
    Likes Received:
    257
    Location:
    JHB South
    Hi guys

    Have this LR in my sump.
    Alot of white sponge growing on the rocks, but came across this rock that has large piece of what looks like a blue sponge.
    Is there an id for it.
    Do different colours mean different things, what causes it to grow.
    Good or bad

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Guest




  3. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

    Joined:
    11 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    25,497
    Likes Received:
    1,982
    Location:
    Centurion
    sponge are filter feeders and therefor generally good to have.

    But some blue sponges can grow very aggressively all over the rocks and corals. Keep an eye on it, if spreading, rather cut it out.
     
  4. OP
    madmatt

    madmatt

    Joined:
    4 Mar 2014
    Posts:
    1,526
    Likes Received:
    257
    Location:
    JHB South
    @RiaanP it's growing on the rock in my sump.
    Only sponge I have in small spots in the main tank is yellow.
    Should I remove this blue sponge.
    Is the white ok.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: 26 Nov 2015
  5. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

    Joined:
    11 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    25,497
    Likes Received:
    1,982
    Location:
    Centurion
    The white is OK.

    The blue, I will check it out. It does look a bit different than the overtaking blue I know of. It's texture looks a bit rough, and not as smooth.
     
  6. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

    Joined:
    11 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    25,497
    Likes Received:
    1,982
    Location:
    Centurion
    @madmatt

    How do these looks now? Growing or not?
     
  7. OP
    madmatt

    madmatt

    Joined:
    4 Mar 2014
    Posts:
    1,526
    Likes Received:
    257
    Location:
    JHB South
    About the same size or maybe just smaller.
    But it's on the LR in the sump
     
  8. Apollo

    Apollo

    Joined:
    25 Sep 2008
    Posts:
    1,123
    Likes Received:
    71
    Location:
    Fourways
    Matt,

    Provided the sponge/s are not overtaking the LR or encroaching on corals in the DT, I would leave them be.
    It is extremely difficult to provide a positive ID on the blue sponge you have in the sump, but from your previous posts it does not appear to be overgrowing anything at present. Whilst it is true that there are many sponges which are highly toxic, it may be premature to just rip the sponge out. I'd just observe the sponge in the sump. As for the sponges in your DT, these are good ones to have (yellow & white). Unfortunately many of the sponges that come in with the LR as hitchikers have a poor survival rate in our tanks.

    If you're interested in reading more on sponges, have a look at the link below :

    Aquarium Invertebrates: A Look at the Sponges
     

Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Sponge Forum Date
RSS Aliaporcellana spongicola, A Colorful New Sponge-dwelling Porcelain Crab RSS Feeds 9 Aug 2018
Help : white fungi/sponge on live rock with polyps Coral Care and Requirements 7 Aug 2018
Filter sponges General Discussions and Advice 27 Jul 2018
RSS Deep Ocean Sponges Might Offer Hope in Search for New Antibiotics RSS Feeds 6 Jul 2018
Sponge ??? ID Needed 30 May 2018
RSS Tempuractis, the ‘Sponge Battered Anemone’ Is The First Symbiosis of its Kind RSS Feeds 20 Apr 2018
RSS Five Reasons Sponges Are BAD For A Coral Reef Aquarium RSS Feeds 3 Apr 2018

Share This Page