Re: NANFA-- Freshwater inverts (sponges)

Richard Bell (
Fri, 17 Dec 1999 19:41:35 PST

I've attempted to keep salt-water sponges with little success. For what it's
worth, I've been told that while collecting, it's essential to NEVER remove
the animals from the water. It has been recommend that they be inserted into
a container from underwater and kept there for the entire transit period and
inserted into the tank in the same manner. I'm going to give this a try next
time and perhaps I'll have better success. And as mentioned by others,
feeding is a challenge as well!


>I recently found lots of freshwater sponges that are growing on the bottoms
>of rocks. They are in the tailwater of Ft. Patrick Henry Dam, a small TVA
>impoundment here in Kingsport, TN. I found them while collecting caddis
>larvae for my darters. Because the water is always cold, though, I'm not
>sure if they would live in an aquarium for long. I may try it just for
>kicks, though.
>Ranger Bob

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