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Collecting at low tide to get some pink sponge.

Post  liquidg on 23rd August 2012, 8:57 am

This was to just get some pink sponge before the days work begins, as you can see it was quite early and the water was very clear.

This my fav spot any where for a low tide walk.

This is what I was after and the other pics are just what are always there, including beautiful sun rises and sunsets.

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Post  charlesstewart on 23rd August 2012, 2:44 pm

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Post  saltz on 24th August 2012, 12:21 am

Nice pics as always, what are those corals 6th photo from the top and 5th from the bottom?

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Post  liquidg on 24th August 2012, 2:35 am

I was always under the impression it was one of the cyphastrea ,most likely the serailia,but peter has said its montipora,so I donít know.

Any way it comes in dark green,bright green,cream to green,light brown and near dark brown.

I got a piece from the sunny coast last year in June and it is thriving and from 30 mil now to now 130 mil in size, problem is its hard to find any small sections,you find it in a large mass and frag a piece.

Very easy coral to keep, totally harmless and no one harms it and expands its colony size very fast!!


Mine is the dark green.

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Post  saltz on 24th August 2012, 2:47 am

I've been trying to id the coral for a while now, and it came down to cyphastrea or montipora. I had a look at numerous pictures of both and felt that they seem to resemble montipora as the polyps are much closer together, unlike the polyps of cyphastrea that are further apart. But then again, I could be wrong.

One of the pieces I saw had different shades of green, from light green to dark green as well as bright green, wonder if they change colors depending on the environment and amount of light they receive?

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Post  liquidg on 24th August 2012, 3:45 am

I asked the Q museum years ago and they said they vary in colour so much around the world its amazing, it was said that the light is an issue and available foods as well.

Heat can drop the darkness in colour of the algae in them as well from what i have found.

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Post  Simon51 on 22nd November 2014, 11:53 am

Any more information on the pink sponge g? Any special requirements or feeding? Nice colour any information on the longer blue sponge aswell? It seems to loose to colour in patches and then die off.

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Post  liquidg on 22nd November 2014, 12:04 pm

Both are photosynthetic via symbiotic cyano bacteria mate and filter feed. Very easy to keep, if no on eats them, as many things do!! My biscuits sea stars go through them real fast, biscuit sea stars mainly feed primarily on cyano!

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Post  Simon51 on 22nd November 2014, 12:12 pm

Yeah my biscuts love them but the sponge doesn't after they have found them. So they need the light aswell? What kind of filter feeding food? I was reading they eat phytoplankton. Once a biscut star has had a feed on it the blue fingure sponge and apart of it appears to loose its colour. Does that mean that part is dead and doomed or can that part regenerate.

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Post  liquidg on 22nd November 2014, 10:28 pm

Yep, they literally suck he life out of them.

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