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Old 05-23-2003, 05:33 PM   #1
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Goniopora or Zoanthid?

Ok, when we first got this piece quite a few months ago, the pink flowers on it I thought were zoanthids, but within the last couple days they have extended their stalks and judging by the petals it almost looks like a flowerpot coral (Goniopora). I'm looking for a second opinion, it really looks like the Goniopora that is shown in the Aquarium Corals book by Eric Borneman on page 241, only pink.

thanks for anyone who can let me know.
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Old 05-23-2003, 05:36 PM   #2
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Goni has my vote, but I doubt they are zoos
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Does this coral have any kind of hard skeleton at the base of the polyps or does it attach directly to the rock its sitting on. If it was a goniopora it would have a skeletal structure where as a zoanthid would not.

At least thats my take on it.
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Ok, if I'm understanding this, this is what I can see, from the stalk it goes to a skin like area which they all seem to be a part of, and then it's on the rock. Not sure if that helps or if that is a hard skeleton.

They are so unlike zoos, they almost shrink down when a crab touches them the stalk collapes and they turn into small flowers, they don't fold in like zoanthids, that's what made me start to wonder. I know there are many different types of zoanthids, I was just curious, heck the guy that sold them to me at the LFS didn't even know what they were when I told him that's what I wanted and he owns the store! Scary huh.
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Looks just like a goniapora to me. Good luck with it, they have a very poor survival rate in aquariums. However I have seen them kept successfully. Jblitz99 has had one for a long time.
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Thanks, it's been in the tank for a while and I read up on those seems they like a good current and murky conditions so I think they've grown more because I've been stirring the sand a couple times a week. What ever is happening they seem to be thriving :P
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This is a google search on goniopora

http://images.google.com/images?svnu...iopora&spell=1

If you look at the photos you will see all of the polyps are extending out of a calcified skeleton. The description you gave above does not sound as if they are extending from a skeleton but have simply attached to the rock they are sitting on.
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If it is a goniapora I believe each polyp will have 12 tenicles. I think, I get them and alveopora mixed up. Both of them have a certain number of tenicles.
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well it's not gonipora, because it doesn't have that skeleton and the petals look differently too. Now I'm completely lost, is it just a different type of zoanthids? Oh well I guess I should just be glad it's still alive huh
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Wait Wait! I found a pic identical to mine, on this site http://www.anchofish.com/_pristine/goniopora_branch.jpg

but what if they don't have the right name for it either? Is it possible it's a different kind of goniopora?
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