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Old 03-17-2014, 07:35 PM   #1
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Pink goniopora with yellow centers - advice needed!

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Just got this beauty yesterday from the LFS. Heard gonioporas can be difficult to keep alive long-term, but my wife and I just couldn't resist! Anybody have any tips on how to keep them with success? I have maxspect LEDs, skim medium heaviness and feed daily either pellets, mysis, and occasionally rods food or cyclopeeze. Thanks in advance!


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Personal experience- you will have algae outbreaks trying to keep it fed and it will slowly die anyway.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:42 PM   #3
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Eh, I just can't keep em long. No matter what, well I've only had two but you know.
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Do you have cleaner shrimp? That was a big problem for me, I'd target feed and the shrimp would go through and pull all the food out.
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I've had mine for only 3 months! I hope mine lasts! It still looks great!
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:30 PM   #6
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Do you have cleaner shrimp? That was a big problem for me, I'd target feed and the shrimp would go through and pull all the food out.
Yea, I have a scarlet cleaner shrimp, who's a pain in the butt whenever I try to target feed my corals or anemone. I always end up having to brandish my syringe at him to keep him away from the corals

Any tips though on achieving as much success as possible with the goni? I also run GFO, so phosphates continually test 0, although my nitrates are on the higher side (~10ppm). Should I stop running GFO, since I read that gonis prefer relatively higher nutrient environments?
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Depends on what other corals you have. You don't want to ruin other corals for the sake of one....
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Goniporas do best in a skimmerless tank with pleanty of zooplankton and other small stuff to feed from the water column. But at the cost of not being able to keep sps and lps corals in a nutrient rich environment.
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