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Old 03-03-2010, 07:17 PM   #1
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gorgonian question

I just recently purchased a gorgonian coral, i believe a yellow finger. I was wondering if anyone knew if all coral of these type have polyps that open up at night. Im not sure what type he really is. Anyone know anything about it?
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:36 PM   #2
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Looks to me like a deep sea yellow gorgonian. They have little white polyps that will open up once they feel comfortable in your aquarium. This gorgonian doesn't really have a specific time for its polyps to open up, so if you begin to see polyps coming out, then you'll know he is in good shape.

They consider this a very hardy gorgonian in the aquarium, so if you have the proper lighting he should do fine. They need strong flow and strong lighting, so i hope you've got both.
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:39 PM   #3
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Okay great thanks for the info. He's brand new and i just noticed tiny little polyps at the base so im pretty sure and hoping he will open up eventually.
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No problem. If he's happy, he'll look something like this:

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First off, these are Diodogorgia nodulifera. Secondly, they are definitely not considered hardy because they require feeding (not photosynthetic!), are slow growing, and need to be cleaned of algae growth if water flow is not adequate.
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You sure? This looks alot to me like Diodogorgia sp

Sorry, just edited this post^^

I meant picture, and not link. The picture above your post.
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I think you either received misinformation or quoted the wrong gorgonian. I don't see a link?
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i do add different essential elements if that what you mean by require feeding
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Well, when he means feeding them and it's "non-photosynthetic", he means you need to target feed that gorgonian "Marine Snow" or PhytoPlankton or other filter feeding foods. Not trace elements like calcium, iodine, the things from salt mix, etc..
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Ah, well I do have an electric scallop I feed phytoplankton regularly. He's been kikin for about two months now so hopefully they have one in the same feeding wise. The guy at the LFS I bought from agrees with Zero, saying they were reletavly hardy, need lower light and high water movement. But I guess we will never know for sure.
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