What type of coral

Discussion in 'Corals' started by Washburn82, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. Washburn82

    Washburn82

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    219
    Location:
    ontario canada
    hey everyone. New to the site, great site btw. New to the hobby as well had my tank for about 4 months now. Just curious if anyone knew the name of this coral. LFS said it was a very easy one to take care of but i forgot the name. thanks

    [​IMG]
     
    Washburn82, Nov 13, 2011
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. Washburn82

    little_fish Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    15,713
    Likes Received:
    2,574
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    That is a gorgonian, which normally is a very easy coral to keep. Have you seen it put its polyps out?
     
    little_fish, Nov 13, 2011
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. Washburn82

    Washburn82

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    219
    Location:
    ontario canada
    Thanks little_fish i have seen it put its little white polyps out. Thanks very much for the name it will help with my care for it. :)
     
    Washburn82, Nov 13, 2011
    #3
  4. Washburn82

    NanoReefer

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,206
    Likes Received:
    146
    Location:
    pennsylvania
    they are filter feeders i believe, good for you if it opens up
     
    NanoReefer, Nov 13, 2011
    #4
  5. Washburn82

    little_fish Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    15,713
    Likes Received:
    2,574
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    If it has white polyps that come out at night, you might be in trouble. It might not be a photosynthetic variety. The non-photosynthetic gorgs can be extremely hard to keep because they need to be feed 2-3 times per week at night when the polyps come out, and the majority of the polyps need to get some food. In small, young tanks, it can wreak havoc on your water quality trying to keep up with it.

    The photosynthetic variety, on the other hand, is very easy to keep, but often times LFS will sell this coral with little disregard to what variety it is.
     
    little_fish, Nov 13, 2011
    #5
  6. Washburn82

    Washburn82

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    219
    Location:
    ontario canada
    Ive only seen the little white polyps come out when the light is on. Never all of them at once but quite a few. At night they are all closed every time ive looked. Maybe i lucked out.
     
    Washburn82, Nov 13, 2011
    #6
  7. Washburn82

    little_fish Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    15,713
    Likes Received:
    2,574
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    ya, it concerns me that they are white though, all the non-photosynthetic varieties i have ever seen have white polyps.
     
    little_fish, Nov 13, 2011
    #7
  8. Washburn82

    Washburn82

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    219
    Location:
    ontario canada
    uh-oh. What colour are the photosynthetic polyps?
     
    Washburn82, Nov 13, 2011
    #8
  9. Washburn82

    Washburn82

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    219
    Location:
    ontario canada
    on closer inspection. (my tank is in night mode atm) there are a few polyps open right now. They do appear to be white. I have blue leds that come on at night.
     
    Washburn82, Nov 13, 2011
    #9
  10. Washburn82

    little_fish Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    15,713
    Likes Received:
    2,574
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    generally, they are the same color as the rest of the coral, so the polyps are normally a light brown.

    I would try feeding the polyps very tiny chunks of some frozen food, like chopped mysid
     
    little_fish, Nov 13, 2011
    #10
  11. Washburn82

    Washburn82

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    219
    Location:
    ontario canada
    thanks for the advice. I actually have some frozen mysid. I will try tomorrow morning. I dont wanna disturb the tank atm. Im assuming a syringe or turkey baister would be best for target feeding. Although it is in the main current. Alot of the mysid and flakes i put it fly right by it. Hopefully it has grabbed some along the way. I read they sometimes tend to eat flake food as well.
     
    Washburn82, Nov 13, 2011
    #11
  12. Washburn82

    bjohanson1234 .........

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    10,998
    Likes Received:
    1,102
    Location:
    Palos Heights, IL
    you can always turn off the pumps while you feed to give it a better chance of catching food.
     
    bjohanson1234, Nov 13, 2011
    #12
  13. Washburn82

    little_fish Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    15,713
    Likes Received:
    2,574
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    ya, i would try to target feed with a turkey baster. They cant take up large pieces so keep that in mind when trying to feed it.
     
    little_fish, Nov 13, 2011
    #13
  14. Washburn82

    Washburn82

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    219
    Location:
    ontario canada
    Will do. I'll let you know how it goes in the a.m. :) p.s like your quote. i dig nofx
     
    Washburn82, Nov 13, 2011
    #14
  15. Washburn82

    Washburn82

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    219
    Location:
    ontario canada
    So i target fed my red finger gorgonian and devils hand with some chopped mysid and brine and flake all mixed up in a tastey slurry. I turned off the pump to reduce flow. It spread around and more polyps came out nothing seemed to stick to the polyps that i could visually see. For fear of polluting my water i laid off. Ill try again in a bit after my pump runs for awhile. On the other hand my devil's hand immediatley became all bumpy (not sure what it is actually called) when i fed it. Im assuming thats a good sign. My fish and shrimp and crabs looked like they were all over the remainder.
     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2011
    Washburn82, Nov 13, 2011
    #15
  16. Washburn82

    little_fish Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    15,713
    Likes Received:
    2,574
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    But is is a good sign that you got a feeding response
     
    little_fish, Nov 13, 2011
    #16
  17. Washburn82

    Washburn82

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    219
    Location:
    ontario canada
    As the day progressed on more and more polyps emerged. Will target feed again soon. Thanks for your help little_fish.
     
    Washburn82, Nov 13, 2011
    #17
  18. Washburn82

    Washburn82

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    219
    Location:
    ontario canada
    Polyps everywhere while feeding.
    [​IMG]
     
    Washburn82, Nov 13, 2011
    #18
  19. Washburn82

    Dashtrash400

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2011
    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    College Station TX
    [​IMG]
    Here is a picture of mine. Ive had it for about a month and it has pretty much looked like the picture since I put it in except for a couple times a day when it polyps are retracted. I feed it maybe a few times a week but for the most part rely on my tank to feed it or leftovers from frozen I feed my fish. Sorry for the quality it was taken with a cell phone.

    Mike
     
    Dashtrash400, Nov 18, 2011
    #19
  20. Washburn82

    Washburn82

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Messages:
    942
    Likes Received:
    219
    Location:
    ontario canada
    Wow thats pretty sweet. Makes mine look like a twig. Thanks for the feeding info i noticed its polyps are out even when its not feeding time so i guess they do feed off of leftovers. I hear they are super easy to frag as well. Kind of like cloning a plant.
     
    Washburn82, Nov 19, 2011
    #20
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.