Submitted by melev on Wed, 10/25/2017 - 19:27
I've noticed these Cup Corals in my display tank, but they tend to only come in on newly shipped live rock. People that order from Tampa Bay Saltwater get LR with these little guys scattered sporadically in their order. They are filter feeders, and usually don't last too long in captivity. Note these pictured are quite small, especially when you compare them to the hitchhiker feather dusters to the right. Reef-safe
Submitted by melev on Wed, 10/25/2017 - 18:54
This LPS (large polyped stony coral) fascinates me day or night, as it changes its appearance during feedings. The central mouth opens and you can almost visualize teeth inside, and the brown outer band recedes as tentacles extend. After progressing well for 5 months, the Caulastrea were stung mercilessly by red mushrooms and later perished. Six months later, a new polyp formed in one of the empty skeletal sockets. (Also referred to as Candy Cane or Trumpet corals)
Submitted by melev on Wed, 10/25/2017 - 17:44
The structure of this LPS coral is quite recognizeable, its shape strikingly geometric. Identified as Alveopora, this is often compared to Gonipora. Alveopora only have 12 'petals' per polyp, which is half as many as the Goniopora's polyp. This is a coral better suited for the experienced hobbyist, because its demands can better be met by consistently stable water quality. Metal Halide (intense) lighting is needed.
Submitted by emasis on Wed, 10/25/2017 - 16:58
Acanthastrea echinata (or acans for short) are quite popular, and thankfully their price has come down significantly since 2005. They are easy to care for, similar in care to any LPS coral. Feeding them directly can increase their growth rate significantly. Each polyp has its own mouth to feed. A. echinata are aggressive toward neighboring corals, so definitely leave about 6" of space to avoid losses.
Submitted by melev on Tue, 08/15/2017 - 04:56
Fungia, commonly called Plate Coral, is a nice coral usually placed on the substrate. Several kinds are available to hobbyists, from flat ones to ones that resemble anemones due to the long tentacles rising up from the plate (Heliofungia). The one above is between these two kinds, extending feeder tentacles upward about 1". When I was given this specimen, it was about as big and as thick as a "lifesaver" candy. I glued the hardened base to a chunk of live rock with Super Glue Gel to keep it in place. After a few months, it grew about 2.5" in diameter.
Submitted by melev on Tue, 08/15/2017 - 04:55
This LPS coral was identified at the LFS as Finger Lobophytum, but it really reminds me of smaller Caulastrea, commonly known as Candy Cane. I realize the color isn't close to Caulastrea, and when trying to feed this coral meaty foods it has ignored it. I've enjoyed having it in my tank as it grew quietly. The Hammer Coral to the left of it was moved before it stung the Lobo coral.
Submitted by melev on Tue, 08/15/2017 - 01:36
Whilst visiting Paul Whitby's reef, I couldn't help noticing this beautifully mixed Torch coral. It has two colored polpys on the same colony; not some type of spliced merging of two kinds into one spot. The green and purple tips waved gently in the flow. Watch for one like this for your own tank, as it adds nice diversity.
Submitted by melev on Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:49
The Lobophyllia is one of the largest LPS corals we keep in our tanks. It has a mouth or mouths in the center of each polyp, and a massive surrounding tissue inflates allowing the coral to absorb photosynthetic energy during the lighting period. At night, you may observe how this coral seemingly transforms to filter feed and hopefully capture some larger bits of food that get too close. I'll be sure to add more images of this coral to show the various stages I've observed.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 21:39
This beautiful Spiral Wire Coral - Cirrhipathes anguina - is a new addition to my system (spring 2012), and it should do well since I feed Tubastrea by hand multiple times per week. This coral needs constant feeding, and would do best in a Non-PhotoSynthetic tank known as a NPS system.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 21:33
I have a passion for Maze Corals. I'm not sure if it is in the SPS or LPS family, as it seems to have both attributes. This coral is a Colpophyllia natans, commonly can be found throughout the Caribbean, the Bahamas, south Florida and the Venezuela region. I do target feed it with Cyclop-eeze about once a week. At night, the green centers fluff out so that the coral's surface resembles a shag rug. It has done very well in my tank for more than a year, although the bottom edge (not visible) seems to have died away due to no exposure to light.