How many sponges are too many?

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    Chris_150G

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    I had just one hitch-hiker sponge two months ago. It was about the size of a dime.It died after growing for a couple of months and I was sort of disapointed.

    Now I have maybe hundreds. They are all across the bottom line of rocks and I'm sure they are also where I can't see. Tiny white sponges mostly 2-3 milimeters across. I know they are filter feeders which is good but are they planning a mutiny? They seem to be massing an army. I have plenty of room as of now but has anyone had these little Q-tips get out of control?

    They would probably not show up well in a photo with my camera. But here is a pic from the web that looks the same. [​IMG]
     
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    winyfrog Yep!

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    no worries, sponges come and go. They are signs of a healthy aquarium.
     
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    I have had a gazillion sponges too for the last year and they have not caused a problem. Mine are white-translucent and only grow in the darker, shaded areas.
     
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    looks like a q-tip sponge. it's a good sign. don't worry about it.
     
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    I don't think you can have too many. Lots of filter feeders are a good thing and help your water quality. I think nature would take care of itself if it felt too many were in your tank.
     
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    Those are good. If they bother you, introduce an angel fish to your tank. :mrgreen: They'll disappear quick.
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    +1 all the above.
     
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    Thanks. I won't worry about em then.
     
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    They are excellent filter feeders. There numbers will vary as their food supply goes. I have many and count myself fortunate.
     
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