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Old 11-16-2004, 12:48 AM   #1
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Ganiopara....... I think

Anyone have any advice on these???? I picked one up and have read about the variance in stories regarding keeping these corals.... anyone have a success story????????
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Old 11-16-2004, 12:54 AM   #2
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Goniopora (i.e., flowerpot)

Very, very difficult to keep alive. Most of 'em die within a month or so. They're beautiful, but I'm not really sure why pet stores keep selling them. Maybe you'll have better luck than I did.
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Old 11-16-2004, 02:54 AM   #3
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Well this one's been at the LFS for about two weeks and has been doing well there...... we'll seee.......... my fingers are crossed... maybe I'll be one of the lucky ones..... they really are nice.....
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Old 11-16-2004, 10:17 AM   #4
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I am afraid this coral has a very poor survival rating. They are very difficult to keep. I had one for a few months as well. They are extremely beautiful and I understand the alure of them. As time passes, this coral will die from the bottom up. You will notice it will not expand around the bottom and start to look nacrotic. This will slowly work its way up the dome to the top. Sorry for the bad news, enjoy it while you have it. Lando
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Forgot to mention that if you rally like the looks of the gonipora, the alvepora looks very similar and has a much better survival rate.
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I had a pink gonio in my 125 that was doing ridiculously well. Seriously, when extended, it was big around as a bowling ball and looked like a woman's flowing hair in the water. It was huge and healthy until the maroon clown decided he was going to take it as a host.

I moved it in the tank several times but the clown would still bother and pick at it every day. Despite this and the Powder Blue Tang taking bites of it occasionally and being moved 20 times - it still did well.

Finally yesterday, I had to dispose of it when brown jelly formed around it's base.
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The Avipora is more hardy, but difficult as well. I know I lost one of those.
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Both should not be sold in stores. The experts dont even have a firm grasp on the needs of these corals. Some say they require 'dirty' water and others say they need a boat load of light and yet others say they need target feeding or some combo of the three.
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Thanks for the help guys. I guess I won't be getting another one. I need your help though. At what point should I take it out so that it doesn't foul up the tank???? And did you guys bleach it or anything so that you could at least put the "rock" back into your tank??????
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