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Old 03-15-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
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Can anyone I.D. this coral plz?

Bought it at my LFS and cnt seem to identify it
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:52 PM   #2
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:17 PM   #3
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:40 PM   #4
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Anthelia. A close relative to Xenia.
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Thanx alot guys
Was searching all over and couldnt figure it out
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Old 03-17-2012, 04:24 PM   #6
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It's a type of octocoral (8 arms) and it grows like weeds in my system. I have two different brown varieties. The blue colored octocorals are much more difficult. It seems to be pretty tolerant of my other corals, but fights with my mushrooms for space. I have to remove big clumps of it occasionally or it would dominate the reef. I really like it because it adds movement to the tank and the clowns love to host it. I can't stand anemones (personal preference), so this is a good replacement for them.
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Old 03-17-2012, 04:31 PM   #7
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Old picture, the colony is twice this size now.
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Old 03-17-2012, 04:44 PM   #8
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Mine is barely big enough to cover a frag plug
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what would u say is the growth rate?
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Mine is barely big enough to cover a frag plug
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what would u say is the growth rate?
It is like a nuclear chain reaction...once it goes...it's gone. I fight it constantly as it grows on everything near it. I would guess it adds 5-10 polyps per day. I let it cover little sacrificial rocks then pull it out. But this is the brown varieties...I have no experience trying to raise the blue variety.
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That's 1 way to describe it (I work at a nuclear power plant) and I have anthelia in my tank too. It is a nice coral but if not controlled it can take over the tank real fast.
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Would you say the anthelia grows well in sand? That's where mine is placed and I noticed initial growth but it is stalled and often I can see the flow kicking up the "mat" of sand at the bottom.
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If it likes the flow, it will grow almost anywhere. Flow, as it turns out, is as important as lighting is to a corals propagation.
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That's 1 way to describe it (I work at a nuclear power plant) and I have anthelia in my tank too. It is a nice coral but if not controlled it can take over the tank real fast.
I worked for a year at one myself...I enjoyed the experience.
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