Tree Sponges


Scientific name - Ptilocaulis sp.

Family – Axinelidae

Common name – Orange, Red Tree Sponge

Range - Caribbean

Care Level – Difficult

Lighting – Low

Water flow – High

Temperament – Peaceful

Foods and feeding – It is non-photosynthetic and will require feedings of liquid plankton and other dissolved organic foods.

Aquarium suitability -

Reef compatibility – Yes

Captive care – This is one the more difficult animals to keep in this hobby. They don’t do well in intense lighting and require “dirty” water to survive. If they are exposed to air, there is a good chance it will starve to death because air will get trapped in its pores, preventing it from gathering food. They do best in systems with large refuges. They also come in a wide variety of colors. Like all invertebrates, they are extremely sensitive to copper and nitrates and tiny amounts are lethal to them.
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