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Old 04-17-2007, 11:19 PM   #1
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Goniopora not opening

Nitrates between 10-20
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Does this behavior indicate its death? (see picture) It has been closed for about a week, opening up only once a few days ago, and then retracting to what you see in the picture.
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Goniopora doesn't fare well in aquaria; however, there is a certain aquarist who is having success with them and even propagating them. I've always noticed them taking a liking to water flow and sometimes coaxed out with feedings (phyto, nauplii, cyclop-eze, etc). You mention pc's, but how large of a display and what type of pc setup (watts?)?
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I had one too - when everything else was excelling, a purple flower pot slowly withered away. They're hard to keep. Some say they need some levels of dissolved organics in the water to feed off of... but that's just what I've heard.
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Old 04-18-2007, 02:22 AM   #5
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Goniopora doesn't fare well in aquaria; however, there is a certain aquarist who is having success with them and even propagating them. I've always noticed them taking a liking to water flow and sometimes coaxed out with feedings (phyto, nauplii, cyclop-eze, etc). You mention pc's, but how large of a display and what type of pc setup (watts?)?
I have 65watts x2...

I had the Goniopora for 3-4 months now, this just started happening now..
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This sounds typical of Goniopora and Alveopora, where within 1yr time they begin to close up and gradual decline ensues. Do take notice if any brown jelly masses begin appearing in the coming weeks/months, which is also typical. For now, you can try coaxing the polyps out with small phyto feedings, but this also might be too early to make any hasty decisions. Check back if any noticeable signs of gradual decline become apparent. By the way, what size display is this?
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I agree with everyone else. Unfortanetly, they just don't thrive that well in captivity. Do what Innovator suggested and see if that helps at all.
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