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Old 10-10-2005, 08:56 PM   #1
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Blastomussa?

I just got these a couple weeks ago and wonder how do they grow? I have a few LPS's and don't fully understand how they grow. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 10-10-2005, 09:09 PM   #2
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I have no experience with blastomussa but I can't imagine it would be any different than other lps's. My hammer coral has budded new polyps and it has recently split so one head is now two.
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OK,, that must be how they do it like my frog spawn when I got it there were 2 heads and now there are 3 or maybe even a small one it is hard to tell.

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Old 10-10-2005, 11:16 PM   #4
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My blasto buds babies unlike my frogspawn and candy canes which branch/split existing heads. It's been growing really well in my tank so far (hopefully saying that didn't just doom it, lol).
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Thanks alot,, I will keep an eye on it.

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What you have is a Blastomussa wellsi or Pineapple coral and to my understanding they preferr moderate lighting as strong lighting will prevent it from extending its polyps from fully expanding. I would encourage you to feed taget feed it often as you would with the rest of your LPS corals.
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Old 10-11-2005, 06:04 PM   #7
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I have a Blastomussa and it is one of my favorite corals. It is really more of an "encrusting" coral for lack of a better word. As it grows it will blanket the rocks around it.
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I would encourage you to feed taget feed it often as you would with the rest of your LPS corals.
IMO, this is not needed. I have never target-fed any of my LPS corals. When the tank is feed a proper diet tey will all get what they need from the water column. Lighting is still very important as well.
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I am no expert, but I like to read, and from what I have read studies made by Calfo and Fenner have shown that a coral might survive from 1 to 3 years without target feeding it instead of a 5-10+ yrs, so if you want your corals to be healthier and survive captivity longer, then I would strongly suggest to target feed LPS corals.
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OK ,, now what should I use to target feed them and how should I do it? Right now I have seen all my LPS's eat some zooplankton that I feed my fish. Thanks for all the help everyone

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I target feed mine small pieces of krill. I use some acrylic tongs that I made and just gently tuck it into the polyps. I do this every 2-3 weeks. So far, so good.
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