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Old 07-07-2004, 06:03 PM   #1
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Coral ID

Can anyone give me an ID on this coral? It came in on some live rock from Liverocks.com The tank it is in has just been set up. What can I do to help it survive? Can I feed it "blender mush" or do I need to get something more specific? The tank doesn't seem to have cycled yet.
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Old 07-07-2004, 07:40 PM   #2
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is it a bark brown in color. and slimy to the touch? if it is that is the same stuff i have. mine came on a rock that a coral was on from the lfs. it has not grown any since it has been in my tank. it just says there. and i was trying toi get an id to it too.
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Old 07-07-2004, 08:20 PM   #3
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Looks like Cladocora sp. Common to sandy reef shallows, and found in the Atlantic.

Aka "tube coral".

It's in the Faviidae family, and is closely related to Caulastrea sp (Trumpet coral).

>Link --> Cladocora caespitosa<

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ReefLady, thank you very much! Now, how do I keep the little guys happy?
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They contain zooxanthellate, so you relly don't feed them.
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Old 07-07-2004, 08:39 PM   #6
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The tank has just been set up and I'm a little leary about having the lights on for more than a few hours a day. I hope they make it!
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Old 07-07-2004, 08:48 PM   #7
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Can I feed it "blender mush" or do I need to get something more specific?
Beware of getting into the habit of trying to maintain corals by 'feeding' them. 99% of corals' "food" is light. With some LPS, they may tend to be more meat-eating, but in general, their primary food should still be light, and any 'meaty' food should only be what they catch when you feed the tank. Feeding corals directly can quickly degrade water quality.

That said, (I'm going to contradict myself now ) to the best of my knowledge, Cladocora are pretty hardy, and don't need a ton of light. If I remember right, not even all Cladocora are photosynthetic -- only ones found on the shallow reef slopes. I would try a very light wash of blender mush or brine maybe twice a week. Just beware of overfeeding.

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