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    I have seen some really nice Sponges locally and am wanting to try some out but I have never experienced in caring for a sponge. The ones I have seen are really nice blue with swirls and so on. Has anyone had any experience with sponges? I know they are non photosynthetic, but wasnt sure if I would be wasting my $$ if they die in a couple of months.

  • #2
    One of the ones I saw looked like this one but with a powder blue color.

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    • #3
      I think they thrive on plankton etc etc.. would be very hard for them to survive in nutrient-free environments I think.. The blue sponges have been known to slowly die and turn white/translucent in color. Not worth the trouble IMHO

      I has an orange sponge pretty much like the pic and it survies about 3-4 months. It was slowly disintegrating tho.
      Farish

      Setup: 250G System, ATI Powermodul 10x80w T5s, 4x6100 Tunze Streams & 7095 MultiController, Deltec PF1000 CR, Deltec AP902 Skimmer, IKS, Zeovit, Artica 1Hp Chiller

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      • #4
        Sponges

        Most of the sponges for sale slowly go away over a period of months from lack of proper food. The only purchased sponge I have had long term sucess with is the blue sponge imported from Indonesia. It is partially photosynthetic and is able not only survive but grow in reeftanks.

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        • #5
          Thanks Frink. It is said that if you stir the sand, you can feed your sponge.. but with that being said, I dotn need to as I can just feed them with the pumping of the stones on ZEOvit. I guess it wouldnt hurt to try and see what I can get out of them. They also said not to expose them to air.

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          • #6
            I had a beautiful blue multi-conical sponge for months in between Imperator Forgot about that--the sponge lasted about 12hrs Bob
            "There might be something to this ZEOvit"

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            • #7
              Well the blue one i wanted was sold within 24 hrs... so I got another one instead just to see how it will do. I didnt realize how cheap they were. It was about $18. I placed it under a rock with MINIMAL light/No light.

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              • #8
                I have one and have had it for almost a year. At first I kept the sponge/rock on the bottom and saw some resession. I raised it up about 6" and it has been doing well. I was looking at a picture that I took last year and it has almost doubled. Not bad on growth but it adds quite a bit of color to the tank.

                Gordon
                I am out there, and loving every minute of it!

                Out of the closet, that is. The Zeo closet.

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                • #9
                  Gordon, how much light is your sponge taking?

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                  • #10
                    Edward, do you have a picture of your sponge?
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                    Naka

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                    • #11
                      My sponge is located abot 12" below the water and about 6" off center from a PFO mini pendant and an Aquaconnect 250 DE bulb. Here are the pictures. I hope that they show, the last ones I posted took almost a day to show up.

                      April 2004:


                      February 2005:


                      Gordon
                      I am out there, and loving every minute of it!

                      Out of the closet, that is. The Zeo closet.

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                      • #12
                        Stop messing around w/ your tank and take some pics. Put down the Zeospur 2 for one minute. I want to see what your sponge looks like.

                        Hurry up
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                        Naka

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                        • #13
                          OMG Gordon, that sponge is a killer. Do you need lots of light for it to keep it's blue color? How about growth?
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                          • #14
                            April 2004 info - Nikon CoolPix 775 and Hamilton 14K DE bulb VHO actinincs. Color balance- iffy at best.

                            February 2005 - Nikon D70 with Nikon 60mm Micro lense. Aquaconnect 250 watt DE bulb, without actinics. Color balance - Automatic.
                            I am out there, and loving every minute of it!

                            Out of the closet, that is. The Zeo closet.

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                            • #15
                              WOW!! That is nice! Great job gordon! That sponge is identical to the one i saw yesterday but someone bought it but it was light like the first old pic you showed. Wish I would of bought it yesterday. Oh well.. I have a different looking sponge.. it has purple swirls with a translucent body. I would of taken pics today but I dont have my camera. Its at work! I will get them soon. I always thought that they would do better in shaded areas.. but now that you posted yours doing good under a 14K, Im rethinking of the location of mine. Do you spot feed yours Gordon?

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