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Old 02-11-2013, 01:19 PM   #1
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Coral ID?

I got this from my lfs. It looks like there are a couple pieces glued(?) to a clam shell. The girl couldn't remember what is was called. They look somewhat hairy and when I blow shrimp on them the appear to "grab". I found think lettuce coral online but wasn't sure that was correct because there's not common center to any of the pieces. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:28 PM   #2
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Can you take a picture of it?
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:42 PM   #3
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I thought I attached it, I am still trying to figure it out
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:58 PM   #4
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I thought I attached it, I am still trying to figure it out
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:33 PM   #5
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I think it's dieing.... And are you lights out?
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:55 PM   #6
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nope, lights are on. It may be because it was taken with my phone. IDK.

You think it is Dying? or is that name a type of coral? It actually looks better now than when I got it.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:29 PM   #7
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Idk what kind it is but the fact that u see so much of the skeleton I think it's dieing I'd wait on one of the more experienced guys to chime in but my cents for what it's worth
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It could be encrusting Hydnophora...Hard to tell from that picture, but that stuff is usually green. What lighting do you have over this tank?
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:40 PM   #9
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I only picked him up yesterday from the store. They had him in no overhead lighting. I am Still new to the lighting, I bought the whole set up used. My lighting is Metal Halide (I believe) it has 3 of the bulbs in the picture and 2 moon lights for night time. Brings me to another question the guy I got it all from has it set roughly 15" from the tank. Is that too far? I have also attached a picture of another piece of that coral that fell off the shell. I just laid it on my rock., either way they are def. brown. the one in this picture looks better than the other where "hair" is flowing on it and is reactive when I blow shrimp on him. Thank you guys for all your help. I also now have a red turf algae literally show in with a coup hours this afternoon, all my numbers read fine. Could this coral have brought it in?
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Those lamps appear to be for plant or industrial lighting. Read the inscription on them. The height over the tank depends on what wattage they are really. If they are not powerful, you'll need to lower the fixture. That fixture is a dinosaur. it looks like an old Hamilton housing with spider reflectors retro'd in it.
You are going to need to start researching new lamps for that. It appears as though that fixture is putting off a lot of yellow light, which is a great spectrum for algae/plant life, but not as good for corals.

Still not sure about the coral. Merulina or Encrusting Hydnophora I'm guessing. Google those and see if they look familiar.
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