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  Ocean Sponges for the Saltwater Aquarium

 
   

Sponges are the simplest form of multicellular animals, just up from protozoans and down from cindarians (stinging-celled like corals and anemones) in most taxonomic schemes. They don't, in fact, have tissues or organs. Their cells are somewhat unspecialized and quite independent, more like a commune or colony than a single animal. Sponge feeds on bacteria and detritus that it filters from the moving water. Many beginning hobbyists loose their sponge because they do not provide enough water movement. We can not emphasize enough how important water movement is to the health of the aquarium sponge. Since it is non-photosynthetic, the diet of the sponge needs to be supplemented with feeding's of organic foods such as phytoplankton and zoo plankton, marine snow, and by stirring the aquarium's substrate regularly. Sponges can usually tolerate changes in water temperature with no ill effect, but they may be sensitive to drastic changes in salinity. Careful acclimation procedures are important. All Sponge require low light to keep algae at bay. The sponge's shape can vary quite alot, but all pieces look unique and beautiful.

Warning: Due to certain issues sponges may cause there are no guarantees on sponge, and to any harm caused to the aquarium.
Sponges have two issues. When stressed they can release toxins into their water bag, these toxins are hazardous to aquarium inhabitants and may even kill them. Also if a sponge is exposed to air, it may die. What follows is our recommended technique for covering both of these issues.

Sponges must never be exposed to air. When the sponge is exposed to air, the air would become trapped inside the sponges body, this keeps normal plankton based foods from reaching the cells to feed. End result will be the death of the sponge. Sponges should be acclimated like all other specimens, and once the drip acclimation is complete, use either the bag the sponge came in or another plastic bag and scoop up both the sponge and enough water to fill the bag. Next place the bag completely in the aquarium under water and take the sponge out of the bag, keeping the sponge under water at all times. Last step is to close off the bag under water, take it out of the aquarium and throw out the bag and the water in the bag. By doing this you have kept all air away from your sponge and have kept any toxins released from the sponge during shipping or acclimation to a minimal amount. As long as done carefully, the small amount of escaping sponge water should not cause the aquarium inhabitants any harm. If a spill occurs, or you feel you may have let to much enter the aquarium, we would recommend an immediate water change.

Orange Fan Sponge

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Description: A Fan sponge is naturally shaped like a Japanese hand held fan. They are natural suspension feeders, filtering food from the water. Phytoplankton foods bring out lot's of color. They are very helpful in filtering aquarium water. They can withstand a wide temperature variation and they last indefinitely in the marine aquarium.  

Like other Sponges, the Orange Fan Sponge filter feeds plankton food from the ocean's water. Sponges can usually tolerate changes in water temperature with no ill effect. The Orange Fan Sponge requires moderate light and moderate water movement to survive. Many beginning hobbyists loose sponges because they do not provide enough light or food. The Orange Fan sponge's shape can vary quite a lot, but all pieces look unique and beautiful.

The most critical concern when receiving your sponge and placing it in your aquarium is that it can never be exposed to air. The air becomes trapped in the sponges channels that line the inside of the sponges body. With trapped air blocking the channels, the food has no pathway for the sponge to eat, which starves the sponge, ultimately killing the sponge.

To keep your sponge healthy it will require supplemental feedings from any of the available liquid Plankton Foods and other foods made up of dissolved organics.


Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1-1/2" to 3"; Medium 3" to 4"; Large 5" to 7"

Small $39.99 Medium $59.99 Large $99.99

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   Australian White Lightning Sponge
(Ptilocaulis sp.)



Description: Called either the Australian White Lightning Sponge, Lightening Sponge, or White Stripe Sponge, these incredible sponges out of Australia add both color and a dramatic contrast to any reef aquarium. Unlike any other sponge, beautiful white polyps open out of the white stripes on the sponge. With the proper care the White Lightening Sponge will grow well from a small piece.

Like other Sponges, the White Lightening Sponge filter feeds plankton food from the ocean's water. Sponges can usually tolerate changes in water temperature with no ill effect. The White Lightening Sponge requires moderate light and moderate water movement to survive. Many beginning hobbyists loose sponges because they do not provide enough light or food. The White Lightening sponge's shape can vary quite a lot, but all pieces look unique and beautiful.

The most critical concern when receiving your sponge and placing it in your aquarium is that it can never be exposed to air. The air becomes trapped in the sponges channels that line the inside of the sponges body. With trapped air blocking the channels, the food has no pathway for the sponge to eat, which starves the sponge, ultimately killing the sponge.

To keep your sponge healthy it will require supplemental feedings from any of the available liquid Plankton Foods and other foods made up of dissolved organics.



White Lightning Sponge 2+ Inch Frag - $39.99
White Lightning Sponge 3+ Inch Frag - $54.99
White Lightning Sponge Full Multi-branch Colony - $174.99


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Blue Sponge



Description: The Blue Sponge is a popular sponge for the marine aquarium. Its popularity is due to its attractive blue color. One reason this species is so popular is that with the proper care it will grow quite well from even the smallest piece. Like other Sponges, the Blue Sponge filter feeds plankton food from the ocean's water. Sponges can usually tolerate changes in water temperature with no ill effect. The Blue Sponge requires moderate light and moderate water movement to survive. Many beginning hobbyists loose sponges because they do not provide enough light or food. The Blue sponge's shape can vary quite a lot, but all pieces look unique and beautiful.

The most critical concern when receiving your sponge and placing it in your aquarium is that it can never be exposed to air. The air becomes trapped in the sponges channels that line the inside of the sponges body. With trapped air blocking the channels, the food has no pathway for the sponge to eat, which starves the sponge, ultimately killing the sponge.

To keep your sponge healthy it will require supplemental feedings from any of the available liquid Plankton Foods and other foods made up of dissolved organics.


Approximate Purchase Size: Frag 3/4" to 1-1/4" Small 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Medium 2-3/4" to 3-3/4"; Large 4"to 5"

Tiny $39.99 Small $69.99 Medium Out of Stock Large Out of Stock

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Red Serrated Decorator Sponge
The Red Serrated sponge is naturally shaped like the picture above. A beautiful reef tank center piece. Like other Sponges, the Serrated Sponge filter feeds plankton food from the ocean's water. Sponges can usually tolerate changes in water temperature with no ill effect. The Red Serrated Sponge requires moderate light and moderate water movement to survive. Many beginning hobbyists loose sponges because they do not provide enough light or food. The sponge's shape can vary quite a lot, but all pieces look unique and beautiful.

The most critical concern when receiving your sponge and placing it in your aquarium is that it can never be exposed to air. The air becomes trapped in the sponges channels that line the inside of the sponges body. With trapped air blocking the channels, the food has no pathway for the sponge to eat, which starves the sponge, ultimately killing the sponge.

To keep your sponge healthy it will require supplemental feeding's from any of the available liquid Plankton Foods and other foods made up of dissolved organics.


Approx Purchase Size: Small 1-1/2" to 3"; Medium 3" to 4"; Large 5" to 7"


Small$34.99 Medium$49.99 Large$89.99

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  Azure Vase Sponge
Callyspongia plicifera

One of the rarest and most beautiful of all the sponges, when this one is in stock grab one! A deepwater sponge, the Azure Vase Sponge is found in certain areas of the Carribean at depths approaching 60 feet down. Their size can be from a few inches to over 6 feet tall. Natural suspension feeders, filtering food from the water. Phytoplankton foods bring out lot's of color. Like all sponges they are helpful in filtering aquarium water. They can withstand a wide temperature variation and they last indefinitely in the marine

Like other Sponges, the Vase Sponge feeds on bacteria and detritus that it filters from the moving water. This is why water movement is crucial to their survival. Sponges can usually tolerate changes in water temperature with no ill effect, but they may be sensitive to drastic changes in salinity.

The Vase Sponge will be fine with low to moderate lighting and moderate water movement Many beginning hobbyists loose sponges because they do not provide enough light or water movement.

The Vase sponge shape can vary quite a lot, but all pieces look unique and beautiful.

The most critical concern is that Sponge never be exposed to the air. If it is exposed to air out of the water, the air becomes trapped in the matrix of channels that line the inside of its sponge body, blocking the path for food to reach its cells.


Approximate Purchase Size: Small approx 3" to 4"; Medium 4" to 6"; Large 6" to 8"

Small$59.99 Medium $79.99 Large $109.99
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Multicolor Sponge



Like other Sponges, the Multicolor Sponge feeds on bacteria and detritus that it filters from the moving water. This is why water movement is crucial to their survival. Sponges can usually tolerate changes in water temperature with no ill effect, but they may be sensitive to drastic changes in salinity.

The Multicolor Sponge requires moderate light and moderate water movement to survive. Many beginning hobbyists loose sponges because they do not provide enough light or water movement. The Multicolor sponge shape can vary quite alot, but all pieces look unique and beautiful.

The most critical concern is that Sponge never be exposed to the air. If it is exposed to air out of the water, the air becomes trapped in the matrix of channels that line the inside of its sponge body, blocking the path for food to reach its cells.


Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1-1/2" to 3"; Medium 3" to 4"; Large 5" to 7"

Small$49.99 Medium$79.99 Large$149.99

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Red Ridge Sponge
Their size can be from a few inches to over 3 feet wide. Natural suspension feeders, filtering food from the water. Phytoplankton foods bring out lot's of color. They are very helpful in filtering aquarium water. They can withstand a wide temperature variation and they last indefinitely in the marine

Like other Sponges, the Red Ridge Sponge feeds on bacteria and detritus that it filters from the moving water.This is why water movement is crucial to their survival. Sponges can usually tolerate changes in water temperature with no ill effect, but they may be sensitive to drastic changes in salinity.

The Red Ridge Sponge requires moderate light and moderate water movement to survive. Many beginning hobbyists loose sponges because they do not provide enough light or water movement. The Red Ridge sponge shape can vary quite a lot, but all pieces look unique and beautiful.

The most critical concern is that Sponge never be exposed to the air. If it is exposed to air out of the water, the air becomes trapped in the matrix of channels that line the inside of its sponge body, blocking the path for food to reach its cells.


Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1-1/2" to 3"; Medium 3" to 5"; Large 5+" to 7"


Small$39.99 Medium$69.99 Large$149.99

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Red/Orange or Yellow Tree Sponge
Ptilocaulis sp
Description: Tree sponges (Ptilocaulis sp.) are not common sponges. They are found in the waters around the Caribbean in 40- to 80-foot deep water ,usually near the tops of coral reefs along ocean bottom ledges. A unique creature that has survived for thousands of years, the oceans sponges have no organs or tissue. They are a very basic life form that behaves like a compilation of separate organisms bound by a coordinated effort for survival. Tree sponge is safe to add to a reef aquarium, it will not damage coral that is in the same tank, like some other sponges. It is a peaceful, non-aggressive type of sponge that can live forever in a healthy environment.

Tech Note: When adding this item to the aquarium be sure to submerge the bag which carries it and release the water from the bag along with the sponge.Place in an area of the tank that gets moderate to strong water flow and shaded light.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2-1/2" to 4"; Medium: 4" to 7"; Large: 7" to 10"; XLarge: 10" to 15"

Starting at $44.99

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Red or Yellow Ball Sponge
Psuedaxinella lunaecharta


Description: This is a perfect, eye catching, low cost addition for the home aquarium. The Ball Sponge is available in a crimson red color. The Red Ball Sponge requires moderate light and moderate water movement. The Ball sponge's shape can vary quite a lot, but all pieces look unique and beautiful. Sponges use small holes called "pores" to suck in water and pump it through the interior of the Sponge. As the water is filtered through the Sponge oxygen and food are removed.

Tech Note: When adding this item to the aquarium be sure to submerge the bag which carries it and release the water from the bag along with the sponge.Place in an area of the tank that gets moderate to strong water flow and shaded light.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 3"; Medium: 3" to 5"; Large: 5" to 7"

Starting at $24.99

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