coral ID please?

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coral ID please?

Postby Siobhan on 31 Jan 2011 12:25

Hi,
Can anyone give me an I.D. on this small red coral? its growing on piece of zoa rock I acquired a while back...I think it could be some type of goniopora??? not really sure as I cant find anything like it online or in the books :?
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Re: coral ID please?

Postby Nige on 31 Jan 2011 17:15

Kinda looks like zooanthids to me?
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Re: coral ID please?

Postby Siobhan on 31 Jan 2011 17:45

yeah the ones on the top are zoas but the reds are definitely not, have seen lots of zoas and these have a hard skeleton which is hard to see when they are fully open, they are a lot redder than shows on the photo, cameras not great, and they have blue mouth, they look very like goniopora dijiboutiensis but wasnt quite sure??
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Re: coral ID please?

Postby Nige on 31 Jan 2011 18:29

Siobhan wrote:yeah the ones on the top are zoas but the reds are definitely not, have seen lots of zoas and these have a hard skeleton which is hard to see when they are fully open, they are a lot redder than shows on the photo, cameras not great, and they have blue mouth, they look very like goniopora dijiboutiensis but wasnt quite sure??



mmm not sure then. nice though :D

If they are Goni's they'll most likely need target fed.
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Re: coral ID please?

Postby coolreefs on 31 Jan 2011 19:29

i think your right, it does look like a small goniopora,.... when you say it has a hard skeleton is it one piece or individual tubes for each polyp.
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Re: coral ID please?

Postby aquatic innovations on 31 Jan 2011 22:25

Have a look when the lights are off most G/pora will close up into the skeleton. The buttons will close also but there is a noticeable difference as they look like a polyp and have no skeleton.

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Re: coral ID please?

Postby Siobhan on 01 Feb 2011 11:20

I will take a photo this eve when they are closed up as its hard to descirbe, they have little indentations in the rock that each individual polyp retracts into, then theres only a small hint of colour left in each until they extend again when lights come on... as you say if they are goniopora I will have to give them special care and attention!!!
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Re: coral ID please?

Postby aquatic innovations on 04 Feb 2011 00:17

Sounds like a Goniopora alright.

It is still unclear what they eat in the wild not by the food type but the food particle size. Any information i have read says to try and feed them a mixed particle size of phyto and zoo plankton. In Ireland you can get both in most LFS.

Have a read but might be a bit heavy. But have a look at the pics.

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2005/10/aafeature2#h1

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Re: coral ID please?

Postby Siobhan on 04 Feb 2011 16:43

aquatic innovations wrote:Sounds like a Goniopora alright.

It is still unclear what they eat in the wild not by the food type but the food particle size. Any information i have read says to try and feed them a mixed particle size of phyto and zoo plankton. In Ireland you can get both in most LFS.

Have a read but might be a bit heavy. But have a look at the pics.

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2005/10/aafeature2#h1

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Thanks J,
That was really informative and I reckon it could be goniopora palmensis, but as he says its very hard to tell unless you take out a piece of the skeleton and bleach it, dont think I would chance that as its just started to grow... I must have done something right in order for it to just start popping up on the rock like that??? if only I knew just what it was that I did :?
Thanks for all help, must go look after it now lets hope I can keep it alive and thriving...
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