Red Tree Sponge (Ptilocaulis sp)
Phylum: Porifera, Class: Axinellidae
Size: 24 in. Space:: 100+ gal. Diet: Plankton
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: The Red Tree Sponge is normally found on reef faces with strong laminar water flow. It grows in deeper reef zones where light levels are not high.
Husbandry: The Red Tree Sponge prefers bulk water movement and not the point-source water flow provided by powerheads. It should be housed in moderate to low-light levels, to prevent the overgrowth of algae. No part of the sponge should ever be exposed to air. If air enters any part of the sponge, the cells near the air intrusion will die, resulting in decomposition and the production of more gas, which will eventually kill the entire sponge.
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