Red Tree Sponge (Ptilocaulis sp.)


Diet: Filter Feeder
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 40 gallons
Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Trace Elements
Waterflow: Strong
Lighting: Low

The Tree Sponge, belonging to the Ptilocaulis genus, boasts vibrant red or orange colors and features a tree-like structure, complete with a central trunk and numerous branching arms. In its natural habitat, this sponge thrives in strong currents and pristine water conditions.

For those who wish to care for the Tree Sponge in a home aquarium, special attention and caution are necessary. The sponge's survival hinges on avoiding any exposure to air, as air pockets can form within the intricate network of channels lining its body. These air pockets obstruct the passage for planktonic food to reach the sponge's cells, ultimately leading to its demise.

To support the Tree Sponge's well-being, supplemental feedings of dissolved organic food are indispensable to ensure its nutritional needs are met. By providing appropriate care and nourishment, aquarium enthusiasts can create a suitable environment for the Tree Sponge to flourish and thrive.