Tree Sponges

Species information for the Tree Sponges, in the Sponges category.

  1. Scientific name - Ptilocaulis sp.

    Family – Axinelidae

    Common name – Orange, Red Tree Sponge

    Range - Caribbean

    Care Level – Difficult

    Lighting – Low

    Water flow – High

    Temperament – Peaceful

    Foods and feeding – It is non-photosynthetic and will require feedings of liquid plankton and other dissolved organic foods.

    Aquarium suitability -

    Reef compatibility – Yes

    Captive care – This is one the more difficult animals to keep in this hobby. They don’t do well in intense lighting and require “dirty” water to survive. If they are exposed to air, there is a good chance it will starve to death because air will get trapped in its pores, preventing it from gathering food. They do best in systems with large refuges. They also come in a wide variety of colors. Like all invertebrates, they are extremely sensitive to copper and nitrates and tiny amounts are lethal to them.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2011
    little_fish, Feb 7, 2011