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Old 08-14-2003, 10:23 PM   #1
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elegance coral

What are the light and waterflow requirements for the elegance coral. Dont know the scientific name.
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Med to high light, low to med waterflow.
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possum.

Just food for thought, but beware of jumping into an Elegance coral (Catalaphyllia jardinei) purchase. Their survivability rate in captivity over the last few years has been pretty dismal.

Years ago, I remember these being one of these easiest LPS corals to keep. These days, they seem to be dying in huge numbers. There are a couple theories floating around now as to why this is. One subscribes to the thought that they are extremely susceptible to bacteria, and are infected before coming to the hobbyist.

Another theory is that many years ago (when these corals thrived in captivity), that our skimmers were of lesser quality, and our systems were quite nutrient-rich. Now, skimmers are keeping our water pristine-clear, and we are not feeding these corals enough, so they are wasting away.

I don't know which of these theories is correct (maybe a combination of both)?

These corals are found naturally on the muddy/silty substrate. They live in turbid, lagoon areas, and are solitary. They must be kept at a reasonable distance from other specimens in a tank; they are very susceptible to the chemicals from other corals, and can, themselves, send out nasty "sweeper" stinging tentacles.

They need moderate light, and very good water movement, though they should not be placed in direct current. Many times, when you see their tentacles shortening, and not extending, it is due to them being in too much direct current.

These corals need to be FED - at least week, especially if you have a protein skimmer. Chopped clams, scallop, squid, etc.

One more thought...these corals have fragile skeletons, and can be easily damaged during transport/shipment.

Here is a quick article to read:

Elegance Coral (Various authors).
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If you can find one that has been in the LFS for awhile, they are one of the coolest corals you can get I personally subscribe to a different theory (parasitic gall crabs), I have never been fond of the unknown pathogen theories and the problem with the skimmer theory is that the symptoms for starvation occur too soon. Any coral should last for several months, even if starving, typically the symptoms of the elegance begin within a week or so. You get at least a month out of non-photosynthetic corals that are never fed.

Here is a pic of the one I had amny years ago, wish I'd never got rid of it
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thanks for all the help guys i guess they arent for me
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Don't give up hope, like Kevin said - if it's been thriving at the LFS for some time, it could be absolutely fine. Usually symptoms of decline appear almost immediately.

If you can get over that initial "hump" of the first month or two, they're really not a difficult coral to keep ~ and are absolutely gorgeous.

I didn't mean to discourage you - just wanted to "arm" you with as much info. as possible.
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Thats ok

but thanks for all the help again ill be looking for one!
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