Bright Yellow Neospongodes (Neospongodes sp.)
Family: Nephtheidae (Octocorals)
Habitat: Found on reef slopes with moderate to strong current
Light: Medium Water Flow: Medium Space: 50+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: The octocorals are generally polytrophic - getting nutrition from zooxanthellae (algae) in their tissues, nutrient uptake from the seawater, and feeding on microplankton.
Natural History: Neospongodes is a genus that is reported to have zooxanthellae in most species. It is found in moderate to bright light reef areas with moderate water flow. It is reported difficult to distinguish from Stereonephthya.
Husbandry: Neospongodes is difficult to ship and maintain in a home aquarium. They require frequent microplankton feedings and prefer a fairly strong water flow. They produce some toxic substances that may be detrimental to other corals.
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