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Old 05-25-2008, 08:11 PM   #1
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Will my favia brain coral grow??

I have a green favia brain coral. How do I know if it is thriving It looks just like when I got it. will it grow? what will help it thrive? How do I know if it is even alive what does it look like dead. Is it a carnivore? what does it eat? will it feed only from the water column? It does nothing and always looks the same will it attach to my rock? will it get bigger> I feel like it is just going to stay the same forever. Is there anyone who has experience with a green favia brain coral that can shed some light on what to expect long-term with it.
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I recommend you read "Aquarium Corals," by Eric Borneman. In the meantime, Favia species are found in numerous quantities at various depths within the reefs; therefore, they accept a wide range of lighting schemes (preferably bright lighting). Those colorations with red, orange, etc seem to prefer lower, indirect light levels. Keep the flow moderate so their tissue is constantly flushed. They will accept small meat items (mysis, krill, squid tentacles, golden pearls, cyclop-eeze, roe, fish, etc) and will eventually expand feeding tentacles once their food response is triggered; Once or twice weekly feedings is all that is needed. Healthy tissue will be expanded from the corallites and main skeletal body in uniform fashion and will gain in mass by their skeletal structure bonding with the live rock in mat form; Reproduction is either asexual or budding. Anything else feel free to ask
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I don't have any LPS in my tank, but maybe I can give some general answers.
It will grow, but like any coral with a hard skeleton, it needs good alk, ca and mag levels.
If it has color, as in not pure white, it's alive. At night you should see it extend some sweeper tentacles.
I think just about all corals are carnivores, just the meat they eat is tiny, as in zooplankton sized. Phytoplankton is a plant, so I'm not sure how that figures in there.
It will eventually attach to what ever rocks touch the edge of it. They grow out from the ends, sort of in an encrusting manner.
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I think just about all corals are carnivores, just the meat they eat is tiny, as in zooplankton sized. Phytoplankton is a plant, so I'm not sure how that figures in there.
Not exactly. Most Octocorals, soft corals and gorgonians, feed upon phytoplankton, bacterioplankton, and microscopic organic matter within the water columns. They simply do not have the required nematocysts to capture moving prey such as zooplankton. Most Scleractinians on the other hand, feed upon zooplankton as a greater percentage.
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That's why I said "I think", and mentioned the phyto
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You've only had that thing about a month, haven't you? In my tank, seems like it takes 3 months minimum for something to just "get used" to its new home and start looking any different whatsoever.

The one you have should spread out from the edges, and if it's laying on a rock it should encrust whatever it's on once it leaves the rock it's on now. But we're talking like 1 or 2 inches a year, I'm guessing. That's hard to see on a week to week basis. Take pictures every month and compare - I'm sure you'll see a difference.
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So how does it swallow the zooplankton where does the food go? I would think If I just squirted some food at it that it would just roll right off. I haven't yet seen any tentacles.
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Are you looking at it at night after the lights have been off for an hour? That's when you should see the sweeper tentacles come out. That's also when you should feed.
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If you baste the coral during daylight hours it will eventually be triggered to release feeding tentacles; This may take several days or more. When the corallites, round crater-like projections, unfold their feeding tentacles, that is when you want to gently place food so that the tentacles can pull it into the main body cavity and it is digested (in a nutshell).
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Thats interesting I have had it about a month and fed it nothing at all I am worried now that it may not be ok.
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