I went to the LFS today and they have a beautiful bright red sponge. It's big, about 4 inches long and 2-1/2 inches wide. The color is fantastic. They have had it for 1 month and it is doing great. Now I do have a really nice bright yellow sponge that popped out of nowhere 2 or 3 years ago and it is doing great. It grew to a rock that was touching it, so I moved the rock and now I have 2 beautiful yellow sponges. I really want to get this red one. I know that if they touch air, they will die. The LFS guy, repeated what I already new about this and it made me feel more confident that he seem to know what he was talking about. Well, it's only $40.00 and I really want it but I want to here from you sponge keepers 1st.