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 Last  night  i  was  presented  with  this  red  corral  looking  thingy.  Can  some  one  tell  me  what  it  is?  Im  not  an  Invert  expert  and  I  keep  a  fish  only  sytem.  So  this  thing  now  sits  in  my  quarantine  tank,  which  however  does  have  lots  of  live  rock,  clams,  tube  worms  and  such.  If  this  is  indeed  live  corral,  whats  the  maintenance  scenario  and  what  does  one  feed  it  if  at  all?
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 Sorry  here  are  the  pictures  if  they  didnt  come  around  in  my  earlier  post
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 Resembles  like  a  golf-ball  sponge,  but  not  sure.  Never  seen  this  colour  before.
 
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 Is  it  possible  to  post  a  close  up  shot?  As  Shankar  said,  most  probably  a  sponge.
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 I  will  try  to  get  some  close  ups  later  today.  In  case  this  is  a  sponge  what  would  i  feed  it  and  any  special  care  to  be  taken  for  them?
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 Sponges  are  filter  feeders,  so  you  can't  really  feed  them...  just  maintain  plankton  levels  in  the  tank.  They  aren't  really  well  suited  to  aquaria.
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 Just  a  loud  thought...
 Wish  they  did  the  whole  lot  of  Bio-Chemical  and  Mechanical  filteration...which  would  have  eliminated  half  the  cost  of  setting  up  a  Marine  Tank...  Chuckle
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 Ok  the  photo  below  is  just  about  as  clear  as  i  can  manage  on  my  cell  camera.  Its  too  much  of  a  pain  to  take  into  on  a  digicam  and  transfer  it  here  right  now.
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Just  a  loud  thought...
 Wish  they  did  the  whole  lot  of  Bio-Chemical  and  Mechanical  filteration...which  would  have  eliminated  half  the  cost  of  setting  up  a  Marine  Tank...  Chuckle                

 
 You  can  eliminate  a  large  portion  of  the  cost  of  setting  up  a  marine  tank  with  planning  and  patience  Wink
 
 @OP,  certainly  looks  like  a  ball  sponge.  An  easy  way  to  confirm  is  to  poke  it  gently,  a  sponge  will  contract.
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 My  first  thought  was  that  it  was  a  porite,  but  I  too  think  its  a  sponge,  from  your  last  pics.  Sponges  are  easy  to  keep  and  they  thrive,  you  dont  need  to  feed  them  anything.  Just  make  sure  you  dont  expose  them  to  air  for  too  long,  they  will  die  if  air  gets  trapped  in  their  compartments.  Here  is  a  pic  of  my  2.5gallon  tank,  you  can  see  a  sponge  send  out  its  tentacle  like  appendages  near  the  left  wall  of  the  tank,  between  the  coraline  rock  and  the  white  rock,  below  the  acropora.
 .  I  have  a  ton  of  these  and  they  can  get  annoying  after  a  while.
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 Never  seen  a  sponge  with  motile  appendages...  do  you  have  it  IDed?
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 Awesome  tank  BAJ  but  did  u  say  2.5  Gallon?  I  guess  u  meant  25  gallon!
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 yeah,  thats  a  sponge,  it  periodically  grows  a  new  finger  like  appendage.  I  guess  it  is  so  that  it  can  maximise  contact  with  an  area  of  high  flow.  I  dont  have  its  scientific  name  yet.
 Yes,  it  is  a  2.5  gallon  tank.  I  have  it  sectioned  off  and  have  an  in-tank  refugium  where  I  keep  some  chaetomorpha.  Its  been  up  and  about  for  almost  2  months  now.
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 Great  tank  baj.  I  poked  the  red  thingy  and  it  didnt  contract  much  but  it  did  feel  a  wee  bit  rubbery/soft.  Do  these  things  have  any  particular  light  requirements?  Mine  sits  in  my  quarantine  tank  which  get  tons  of  natural  sunlight.  Other  than  that  there  is  no  artificial  light  provided.
 
 Thanks  to  the  others  too  for  the  info.
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 I  dont  think  sponges  are  photosynthetic,  but  I  know  they  appreciate  a  high  amount  of  water  flow.  They  are  primarily  filter  feeders,  I  dont  know  if  the  colors  are  from  zooxanthelae,  in  fact  I  am  pretty  sure  they  are  non-photosynthetic.  Here  is  a  link  to  someone  else's  tank  who  has  the  same  sponge  as  yours.  Its  pic  intensive  ,m  you  will  need  to  scroll  down  to  the  "sponge"  category  to  see  the  pictures.
 
 http://www.melevsreef.com/id/kritter2.html
 
 
 btw,  the  sponge  seems  very  healthy    Thumb Up  dont  change  whatever  you  are  doing.
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