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Old 03-31-2007, 12:03 AM   #1
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plate coral

I saw some at the LFS and was wondering if any one had any experiences or advice. Any suggestions on how to tell a heaelthy one from an unhealthy one? TIA.
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I had one, until someone fell on it (crab or snail) and pretty much killed it.

Only suggestion in picking one I've got is try to pick one that's moderately expanded and isn't all retracted at the fish store. It's hard to know what you're looking at when you're looking at one for the first time, but here's a healthy one...



This is a short tentacled one, and it's fairly "puffed up" in this shot.

Keep them on the sand bed and not on your rocks because they'll move. Really... they will. And learn from my mistake and don't put it under an overhang or shelf on your live rock where some clumsy snail/crab might pitch off and land on it. They don't like that as they're quite delicate. They're hardy... but delicate.
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Are you talking about short tenacle or long?
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When picking one out, make sure it has good color. They do range in color, but it should not look pale. Look for good tissue expansion, it should look swollen and puffy. Do not buy an animal with any part of the skeleton visible.
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This is all good advice! All I know is to keep it on the sandbed
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Short tenacle. Sorry, should have been more specific.
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No problem. Here is some info on them

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...cfm?pCatId=483

http://www.fantasyreef.com/database/...d=5&item_id=44
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So i decide to go ahead & purchase one. He looked great at the LFS, but hasnt opened since I got him home. I'll post pictures a little bit later. Thanks for all the advice & help.
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Update! My plate is extending all of its tentacles now, but it isn't puffing up. Should I be concerned? I'll post a picture probably on Thursday (hockey game tomorrow night, so I'll be getting home too late to do it).

Maybe this should be in the reposted in the sick coral, but I figured I'd just piggyback off of the original thread. Sorry if that is the case.
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