Clump Red Ball Sponge - Halichondria species Taxonomy:
Clump Red Ball Sponge belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Porifera, Class Demospongiae, Order Halichondrida, Family Halichondriidae and Genus Halichondria. Scientific names:
The scientific name of Clump Red Ball Sponge is Halichondria species. Origin or natural range:
The Halichondria species originates from the Caribbean Sea. Size:
Clump Red Ball Sponge may grow up to a size of around three inches. Color:
The Halichondria species occurs in Yellow, Orange and Red colors. Aggression:
Clump Red Ball Sponge is non-aggressive towards the marine aquarium invertebrates. Compatibility:
The Halichondria species is reef compatible. Venom status:
Clump Red Ball Sponge is non poisonous in nature. Habit & Habitat:
- The Halichondria species is colonial in nature.
- In its natural habitat, Clump Red Ball Sponge is found in shady regions such as, cliffs and rock overhangs.
- The oral opening of the Halichondria species also acts as anus to expel undigested waste food matter.
- The body of Clump Red Ball Sponge is encrusting with visible osculae projecting on the surface.
- The Halichondria species is hermaphrodite or bisexual, that is, it has both male and female sex organs.
- Growth enabling environment in your marine aquarium:
To host Clump Red Ball Sponge, your marine aquarium should meet the following environmental specifications:
Aquarium habit & habitat:
- Tank type: The Halichondria species should be placed in an established Reef Type Marine aquarium.
- Aquarium set-up: Your reef tank should have ample rocks, rock caves and Live Rocks for Clump Red Ball Sponge to get shade. The shady areas prevent the algal and detritus deposition on the body surface of the Halichondria species.
- Water flow in the aquarium: Clump Red Ball Sponge requires strong water flow in the marine aquarium.
- Temperature of water: The temperature of your reef tank should be maintained between seventy-two and seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit.
- Specific gravity of water: 1.023 to 1.025.
- pH of water: 8.10 to 8.40.
- Illumination: Clump Red Ball Sponge requires low lighting in the marine aquarium hosting it.
Feeding & Nutrition:
- Diet: The Halichondria species is Omnivorous in feeding habit.
- Food content: Clump Red Ball Sponge filter feeds many times per day. The Halichondria species eats Phytoplankton and Zooplankton.
- Clump Red Ball Sponge can easily breed asexually in a marine aquarium by the means of fragmentation.
- To propagate the Halichondria species, take out a fragment from the sponge body and place it on the substrate in your reef tank. The resulting fragment will soon germinate and will grow up to become an adult Clump Red Ball Sponge.
- The Halichondria species is difficult to maintain.
- Do not expose Clump Red Ball Sponge to air as the exposure may be lethal for the sponge.
- Sudden fluctuations in the specific gravity of your tank water may adversely affect the Halichondria species therein.