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Old 10-09-2003, 03:47 PM   #1
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Sun Coral/Polyps - any experience with these animals?

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So I was browsing the LFS and these guys REALLY caught my eye. They were absolutely striking in the display case (a little more shy in the sale tank)! I am thinking about getting them in the next month or so... I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with them and can share some tips and/or tricks for success.

I know they are non-photosynthetic and prefer zooplankton, but I know nothing about what kind of flow/water quality/temp/tankmates they can tolerate.

Thank you in advance for the advice!!
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They are beautiful. Do you know the name and type? I too would be interested in adding something like this to our tank.
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Old 10-09-2003, 05:31 PM   #3
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They are Tubestrea spp.

As noted they are non-photosynthetic and require daily feeding (each individual polyp must be fed). They will prefer a shaded location (cave, under rock ledge, etc...) and good waterflow to stimulate the polyps to open for feeding. This is not a beginners coral, IMO it should only be kept by an experienced reefkeeper, not necessarily an expert, but someone with a few years experience keeping corals.
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Old 10-09-2003, 06:27 PM   #4
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So I should not put this in my just recently cycled tank??

Just kidding thanks for the advice. For my 2 month old tank we have a hammer coral and zooanthid that are both doing great for the past week now. But I will likely wait on this one.
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BTW, they also come in black. Extremely cool. I've only seen pictures of the black ones, but they look like they are truly black (not blue or dark brown) with bright blueish-green central disks.

I did do some reading on them today and it looks like the "keep it in the dark" part is mostly because the regular feeding promotes hair algae... and hair algae will grow over these guys and stifle them. Keeping them in a darker area will lessen the chances.

Here's some further reading:

http://www.aquaworldnet.com/awmag/sunpolen.shtml
http://www.aquarium.net/0797/0797_3.shtml
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I have heard that when feeding you must feed every polyp because if one polyp dies than the whole colony will die.
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Well, I would think if this were true...the opposite would be true as well and therefore you would not need to feed each individual polyp. I think it is simply a matter of the individual polyps dieing off.
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Correct...I have one that lost several poylps. The rest of the are doing well though. They love brine shrimp.
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ya. you do have to feed each individual polyp. i feed mine mysis shrimp.
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Yes, very nice coral. It just require's alot of time and attention. for it to do good.
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