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Neospongodes

Neospongodes" is a genus of so-called "spiny soft corals". It is questionable whether the coral is correctly identified - some suppliers also speak of Lemnalia here, but this is also commonly used as a generic name for soft coral trees. These are soft coral trees with visible sclerites (calcareous needles) running through the tissue. The appearance is similar to Dendronephthya or Stereonephthya, however Neospongodes has zooxanthellae and thus can feed on light. Supplemental feeding with planktonic food promotes growth and vitality, without this Neospongodes stagnate easily. The coloration is extremely attractive and goes from yellow to purple. In itself usually a robust animal, which also copes well with higher nutrients in the water.

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