Originally Posted by Gonzo82
had under VHO
lighting but they said that the polyps had not opened up while they had it either. And these guys know what they are doing, they dont try to fill you with crap and wont sell you something that you cant keep. It is a little more expensive than the other LFS
but it is worth it on the quality of things they have. I have never seen a dead fish in one of their tanks or even a tank with ich, and i visit there quite frequently.
I was actually not suggesting your LFS
was at fault. My reasoning for asking was so I could determine the differences between your set up and theirs. Acclimation with certain species can take quite a long time before it's back to proper health. Some do not "travel" well at all. I also don't think this coral is a Devils hand (Lobophytum sp
) the more I look at it but rather a Toadstool (Sarcophyton sp
) that has developed "fingerlike" extensions.
I was thinking that it might be getting to much light and it didnt need to open the polyps because it was getting all of its nurishment through photosynthesis. Also it has bumps on it where the polyps would be but they never fully open up, they just look like goosebumps all over it.
Light increase or decrease will cause issues with any coral. Leathers will adapt to either it just needs time. The polyps should extend to some degree no matter if it's feeding or not.
should i maybe move it to a different location and see what happens.
Only move the coral if it's getting too much water flow. Leathers do not like heavy flow, just enough to sway the polyps gentley when visible. Anything stronger can cause this which could easily be the only problem here. How often do you see a "waxy" appearance? Be sure it remains at the same level so the light intensity stays the same.
I forgot to ask, what's the darker image in between the two corals?