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Old 05-26-2014, 12:24 PM   #1
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Zoa and sun coral question!

So I just for this frag last week and has been doing great. It looks like it's trying to split but can someone confirm?Click image for larger version

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Next, I got a sun coral and been having difficulty getting him to open up to feed him. He is only 3 days old but he needs to eat! Lol! I have him in a cave with hi to mod flow. Should I just keep trying and waiting? He wasn't opened at the LFS but was in direct light

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Sun corals are very tricky to get open IME...
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Old 05-26-2014, 01:14 PM   #3
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Put your suncoral in a bowl or container with tank water in it. In a darkish area add food to the bowl. You can use something small like coral frenzy or cyclopeze to stimulate it and have its polyps come out. Once it opens, add bigger meat to each polyp like mysis or brine shrimp.

Do this every day if you have to until you get a response. Once it's opened up and taken food do this every 2 days to get it used to it.

Then like a week or two in (depending on how it's going) repeat the process but in your tank. I'd use a turkey baster and blast it with cylopeze first.

Before you know it, it will just associate the lights going out with feeding time and come out on its own so you can just start feeding. Its like you're creating a familiar cycle for it. Dark->Smell food->Open->eat. I used to love watching my suns open as soon as the tank lights went out....
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It took mine about 6 weeks to open
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Old 05-26-2014, 01:19 PM   #5
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Ok awesome thanks guys!! I will give the bowl a try.
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also if the skeleton is yellow (like yours) it's alive and fine. When sun starts to die the yellow turns white, that's when you're in trouble.
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Thanks guys! Put the sun coral in Tupperware to feed and opened up within 15 mins!
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As far as the zoas go, they don't split, they just grow new polyps at the base. Yours looks fine though, nothin to worry about
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Thanks guys! Put the sun coral in Tupperware to feed and opened up within 15 mins!
Nice, you're on your way!
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Thanks! Your little plan worked! Been opened all day!

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