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Old 11-09-2010, 08:57 AM   #1
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How hard are torch corals to take care of?

The friend of mine that is getting out of the hobby (his brother has picked up most of the equipment, etc.) has offered me a torch coral. It currently has two branches. I have a leather and zoo frag from him as well. How hard are these to take care of? Should I pass on it for now?

My tank is 2 -1/2months old
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I have two small leathers, one zoo frag, and cuc in DT. The clownfish pair are in QT and about 1 week away from DT. Hmmm...will they host in a torch? Are torches easier than an anemone?
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:12 AM   #2
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As long as you keep the water parameters stable you should be fine. Just make sure to keep several inches of space around it and other corals as it will sting others with it's sweeper tentacles. It needs moderate lighting and flow.

Normal water changes should be all it needs, but you should start testing Calcium and Alkalinity to make sure those parameters are also in teh normal range.
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Thanks for the reply Cmor. Can the torch sting humans? Will latex gloves stop the sting when I'm acclimating and placing in the tank?
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Its in the euphyllia family with the hammers and frogspawns. Like Cmor said, keep its sweeper tentacles away from others as it will attack. These corals are good water quality monitors as the polyps will not extend as weel when something ain't right with the water. It'll need better than average light (bright, indirect light as Borneman describes it) and a location where the water has decent flow. Brown jelly infection is the most common problem they can have if things aren't well. They work best placed in areas where lighting, water flow, and passing food are optimal.

You'll have fun watching those tentacles clamp down on passing food as it then disappears into the "mass of waving tentacles".

And yes, I belive torches are easier than anenome. Never know, Clowns host weird things. Mine hosted a featherduster for a while, but its favorite hangout was my frogspawn.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:29 AM   #5
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Thanks Ray. I think between the both of your comments I will go and pick it up today.

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You should be good to go. If you have two heads now you`ll have many more in the years to come. Mine started out with 4 heads and then I got the dreaded brown jelly disease. It was reduced to one head as I broke the infected heads off. I now after 4 yrs have about 13 heads and going strong. Good luck on the new pick up.
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Thanks Mike. Can the tentacles sting humans? What precautions should I take for that? I'm going to do an hour long acclimation.
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Mine never stung me, but some folks may have higher sensitivities. I do always recommend having some aquarium gloves anyway for prolonged aquarium work. I used these Aqua Gloves... Aquarium Protective Gloves
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It's best to assume any coral will sting humans - some people are more sensitive than others. Best thing is to use latex gloves when handling any corals.

Of the corals I've had, a torch has been one of the few corals that has made small welts on my arms when I accidentally brushed against it while reaching for something else. Ricordeas are the other. Can't say it really "stung", but it definitely felt uncomfortable. I had to get rid of the torch because it was reaching out and stinging anything it could get its hands on. Just give it plenty of room and you should be OK.
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When I was doing my research on the torch some posts mentioned not to expose the tentacles to air. Obviously I don't want to get the LFS water in my tank so how do you do this after the acclimation? Does a few seconds of exposure really matter?
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