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Cobrasvt1999
09/24/2017, 05:19 PM
Hello all!

So I have a sponge issue that is taking over the corals and is starting to choke out rastas and even other LPS corals. So far I have attempted to remove them with tweasers as well as expose them to air for an extended period of time, to no avail.

Normally I would be happy to have the sponge in my rock and all over, but its becoming endemic and is starting to kill my other corals. Any suggestions for what I can do to control them? any species specific predators? Linckia Sea star? morish idol? Nudibranch?

I feel like I need a proper ID before proceeding because of how specific some of these creatures diets are. any help would be appreciated!

Thanks a ton!

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Cobrasvt1999
09/25/2017, 12:52 AM
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09/25/2017, 01:24 AM
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Cobrasvt1999
09/25/2017, 01:36 AM
Peace

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09/25/2017, 01:39 AM
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Cobrasvt1999
09/25/2017, 08:53 AM
Huh... that's odd

Michael Hoaster
09/25/2017, 06:27 PM
Angel fish eat sponge. I'd try to match one up to the location your rock came from. For example, if caribbean rock, get a caribbean angel.

Cobrasvt1999
09/25/2017, 10:54 PM
Angel fish eat sponge. I'd try to match one up to the location your rock came from. For example, if caribbean rock, get a caribbean angel.

Wouldn't an angelfish decimate my other corals? I thought maybe a flame angel, but theres the same problem. If its willing to eat sponge, its likely happy to eat the zoas with it.

Also, why matching the rock? is there something about angels that makes that important?

Michael Hoaster
09/26/2017, 08:08 AM
It depends on the species. Some prefer sponge to corals. But that is an issue to look out for, for sure. Do some research. The reason I said to match the angel to the rock location is to give you a higher chance of them preferring and eating your particular sponge species. Angel fish thinks,"Oh yeah, I used to eat these back home."

Moorish Idols might be candidates, but they are a hard fish to recommend, with their history of dying in aquariums.

Cobrasvt1999
09/27/2017, 09:51 PM
It depends on the species. Some prefer sponge to corals. But that is an issue to look out for, for sure. Do some research. The reason I said to match the angel to the rock location is to give you a higher chance of them preferring and eating your particular sponge species. Angel fish thinks,"Oh yeah, I used to eat these back home."

Moorish Idols might be candidates, but they are a hard fish to recommend, with their history of dying in aquariums.

Hrm... seems quite risky for the other corals in there. I fear I might be giving one fish a smorgasbord of meals...

I would love a moorish Idol, but I just cant convince myself to get a fish that has such a high risk of death...

Michael Hoaster
09/27/2017, 10:14 PM
You could set aside some frags in a QT, then introduce a spongivore to your display. Zoas come back pretty quick, right? Maybe there's a nudibranch or something less risky. Ask google.

gargoylenest
09/28/2017, 09:20 AM
I once had a singapour angel that I had to add sponge to his food for him to eat. never touched my corals.

JMorris271
09/28/2017, 11:51 AM
Sponge can't tolerate being exposed to air. Could you remove some of those polyps then remount them and sacrifice the others to get that sponge out? What a shame that would be though.

Cobrasvt1999
09/29/2017, 02:52 PM
Sponge can't tolerate being exposed to air. Could you remove some of those polyps then remount them and sacrifice the others to get that sponge out? What a shame that would be though.

Yah.. I tried already to let em dry out some. Away from home now, but im thinking about trying to give them a fresh water bath and see how they like that. I know the zoas can stand it for a few min...

BFG
10/04/2017, 02:51 PM
Hold on ! Dont add hot water to zoa please ! You might get injured yourself !