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Old 03-13-2006, 04:53 PM   #11
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As aquareefer said, that is a goniopora. Very low survival rate. Yellow has the lowest survival rate of any of them though. The red and blue are a little more hardier but not much.
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Mine lasted about 6-7 months,, but I only had 198w PC's so maybe that had something to do with it. Mine was a flourescent green very pretty. Just enjoy it while you can. I got mine for 19.99 for it was too expensive.

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hm if i wanted to return it how are pulsing xanias they had some nice ones their, do they have good servival rate?
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:26 PM   #14
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Very hardy and a good starter IMO. Will spread like crazy over time. I bought two frags for $13/each about a month ago and they have already doubled in size.
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xenia is a good choice but place carefully as it will try to take over your tank.
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:48 PM   #16
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Yah, not a great choice for the home aquarium. It looks like it is already necrosing around the bottom. They will generally die from the bottom up. I recommend taking it back and getting something that will last.
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I also purchased one some time ago, and true to form, it started to decline within about 4 months. I did a little digging and found a report by someone who did an honest to goodness controled experiment on flower pot corals. His findings were that iron suppliments were necessary for goniopora survival. I ordered a bottle of iron suppliments made by seachem...and...

WOW ! This guy had not been open for weeks, but after several days of iron suppliments ( 8 drops per day in a 90 gallon tank) it was extending polyps and feeding. It continues to look better each day.

As for feeding ... another post ( don't remember if on this site or somewhere else) it was mentioned that these guys love tang poop. And yup.. they seem to like it just fine. I have directed a few pieces via a turkey baster.

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OK, I love my corals, but I draw the line at collecting fish poop. Cleaning up after my Golden retriever is bad enough. LOL
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Old 03-14-2006, 01:10 AM   #20
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Frankly that is one of the worst corals to pick period-let alone as your first. You have set yourself up to fail and the life of the animal to be lost. I did the same thing when I was a newbie, the are definitely beautiful corals.
Goniopora's are generally from lagoons/intertidal areas. These areas are "dirtier" than the outer reefs we hobbyist generally try to simulate. They have an abundant amount of plankton and other nutrients available. So, along w/ good lighting Gonioporas need plenty of available live zooplankton and phytoplankton along w/ other minerals etc. Much more than most hobbyist can add, let alone maintain, w/ out fouling their tank water. They are definitely not for a beginner or intermediate hobbyist.

FWIW one of the advisors has fellow members of her reef club that not only have managed to keep them healthy, but also nurse sick specimens back to life. They have provided much info. on other forums regarding their husbandry practices.
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