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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-11-2004, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone heard of keeping freshwater sponges in an aquarium? In the fall I pulled one off of the bottom of the fountain in our pond at work and saved it. It seems to have a lot of spores on it. I was thinking of trying to get the spores to start growing on a rock and then putting it in my tank.
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I've never heard of one of those actually living outside of the rift lakes.
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Sorry i don't know anything about freshwater sponges, but keep us posted as to what happens with the sponge. If they are like saltwater sponges some of are harmed by being removed from the water because air bubbles get trapped inside them so try to keep them underwater. Also, keep them in a very dim part of the tank otherwise they will get covered in algae which is bad for these little filter feeders.
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I got the sponge in the late fall. Its been out of the water for months. The sponge was not alive when I found it, but the sponges reproduce by spores, and this sponge is loaded with them. I am going to see if I can get the spores to germinate. I've read that the spores can dry out and blow away in the wind to other bodies of water.
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Wow, interesting man! Do you have some pictures of your sponge?
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I don't have a digital camera but it looks like a saltwater sponge.
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Whoa! This is so cool! I have heard of sponges in the rift lakes but not in some pond in NY!! Man you should get one of those disposable digi-cams we gotta see this!!

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If you do a google search you can see pictures of some pretty big ones in Lake Ontario.
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Major wow!!! :shock:

Who would have ever thought that there were sponges in the great lakes!! That is sooo cool man!

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Urkevitz,

I could not find the pictures your referring to, do you have the link by any chance?

I found some half assed pictures of some species of spongilla but nothing like what you described.

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