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Old 04-02-2006, 05:55 PM   #1
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Sun Polyps???

Are these sun polyps? If so, are they hard to keep? They sort of look like them except they don't have any tenticles. I dont know if i should take it back or not. Any help would be great!
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Looks like sun polyps to me, but w/ some tissue necrosis/recession. I'm not sure how well or easily they recover. They are non-photosynthetic filter feeders. They require targets feedings and prefer to be in a shaded area. I'd say take it back until you get some more experience.
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Okay, will do! Thank you!
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Additional note...each polyp must be fed.
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Ntswift, I moved this to the SW ID forum.
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So I took it back and got a brain coral and a candy cane coral. They look really good! I feel much better having these rather than the sun polyps. Thanks for the advice guys!
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So I took it back and got a brain coral and a candy cane coral
I think you will do much better with those. Be sure to monitor your Ca/Alk levels since you are adding "stoney" corals. They deposit calcium carbonate skeletons and will draw fairly heavily on your Alk and Ca levels. Be sure to monitor them closely.
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Should i be adding anything to help the Ca/Alk levels? I'm using Oceanic salt to help out with the calcium but no real additives.
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I would test the Ca/Alk every day or every other day for 4-6 days to find out your daily demand/usage. If you find that the Ca or Alk is dipping below an acceptable level, than more frequent PWC's may done or a balanced two-part Ca/Alk supplement (ie. B-Ionic) used as needed. Two part additives are much more convenient to use when a tank has a medium-high Ca/Alk demand compared to PWC's.
IMO w/ what you have so far, weekly PWC's of 10-15% should be able to replenish what's used and keep everything in good shape. HTH
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