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Old 07-02-2005, 01:53 PM   #1
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Difference b/w Sun Coral & Yellow Polyps

What is the difference between the two, or is their no difference at all?
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Old 07-02-2005, 02:26 PM   #2
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There is a HUGE difference. Sun Corals are non-photosynthetic so you have to feed them a lot to keep them healthy.
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Old 07-02-2005, 02:48 PM   #3
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That and yellow polyps are a soft polyp coral where as the sun coral is a large polyp stoney coral.
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Here is a link to sun coral pics. http://www.hyperdream.com/~samw/reef...oral/index.htm
Here is a link to yellow polyps pics. I also have a pic of these in my gallery.
http://www.hyperdream.com/~samw/reef...lyps/index.htm

Another difference is the sun coral is mostly nocturnal and doesn't like intense light and the yellow polyps like moderate light and are open during the day.
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thanks guys and gals, IMO they kind of look the same, but sun looks brighter.
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I have sun polyps that I have to target feed a couple times a week. Check my gallery for pictures of them. Have a good day
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Those are some nice polyps, Does it get annoying to have to target feed all the time? From what i understand, i should not have to feed my corals (zoos, yellow polyps, and star polyps.)
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sun polyps take a dedicated person in order to thrive. Each polyp has to be fed. Your right on not having to feed the zoos as long as you have adiquit lighting and do regular water changes. The yellow polyps are fun to feed though if you decide to try it. They react much like an anemone if you place a mysid or something on it. lol
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Cindy,

i do 10% water changes weekly. I have never fed corals yet, how would i go about doing that, can i just feed them some frozen brine? I would like to try it, where can i get Mysid shrimp, is it alive? I have 3 watts per gallon, i know its not much, but i plan on getting more after i get married in 2 months, gotta save the dough. Thanks for all your help BTW, and everyone else.

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You could try the brine. I wouldn't give them a steady diet of brine though. They actually will just catch food when you feed the fish. I used to feed mine frozen mysid. If your lfs has a food freezer, check for mysid. They are a much better choice. Just take one and drop it in the middle of the polyp. It will wrap around it like an anemone does. I've never seen any other zoos react to food.
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