Blueberry gorgonian

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  1. Jinx

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    He guys I need as much info on this coral as possible please.
     
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    Very difficult to feed due to the small polyps. Jaco Schoeman is the man to contact regarding NPS corals.
     
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    O.k thanks I'll P.M him.....
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    All the talk about Blackberry, and now you start Blueberry. Sheesh... lol
    Here's some reading for you.

    Blueberry Gorgonian New on the Block


    When compared with other corals and more specifically, gorgonians, the blueberry gorgonian is one of the more recent species discovered in the reef community, and is also referred to as Blue Sea Fan or Blue Sea Coral.

    Blueberry Gorgonian Coloration


    As with any gorgonian, no two corals are identical. When the blueberry gorgonian is closed, their coloring ranges from brown to orange, and they look like any ordinary coral. But when the polyps reopen, large, light blue polyps emerge to create a huge cloud of pale blue against the red branches of its frame. When the gorgonian is fully open, it is similar to a blooming underwater flower. The skeleton of a blueberry gorgonian is flexible and colonies of blueberry gorgonians form underwater forests on the ocean floor with their plethora of blooming polyps and latticed branches, and sway gently in the ocean currents because of their flexible skeletons.
    Blueberry Gorgonian Not Photosynthetic

    Because the blueberry gorgonian resides in the deep waters and is not a photosynthetic coral, its diet consists completely of trapped organisms that pass through in the ocean currents. This attribute makes the blueberry gorgonian very difficult to maintain in a reef tank, and frustrates and deters many hobbyists from acquiring these corals. In an aquarium, the blueberry gorgonian has to be given special attention and frequent feedings (it will perish without eating often) Beginner aquarists and reef enthusiasts should not attempt to acquire a blueberry gorgonian because of the high level of difficulty the coral requires. Advanced aquarists are best suited for this type of blueberry gorgonian cultivation.
    Blueberry Gorgonian Care

    This blueberry gorgonian coral is going to need extra special attention if attempted to cultivate in an artificial environment. The water and lighting qualities need to be constantly monitored and strictly followed. Since the blueberry gorgonian is not photosynthetic, only a low or medium level of light will be needed in the tank. The temperature should be set much lower than other gorgonians to mimic the cool water stream that the coral experiences in the deep waters of its native environment. Water qualities should have a temperature between 68 and 79F, a pH value of 8.1-8.4, a sg of 1.023-1.025, and a steady, intense water flow. Blueberry gorgonian feedings should take place very often and consist of a variety of micro organisms, including frozen baby brine shrimp, phyto plankton, marine snow or other recommended foods. Trace elements including iodine, calcium, and strontium are recommended from time to time to supplement the heath of the blueberry gorgonian.
    Blueberry Gorgonian Anchor in your Reef

    When placing the blueberry coral into the tank, a segment of live rock around the middle to top of the tank should be used to anchor the coral into place. This can be done using underwater epoxy, which is a putty-like glue substance used frequently in marine tanks.



    Blueberry Gorgonian Care Tips & Gallery at Blane Perun's TheSea.Org
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Relative Care Ease:
    Difficult
    Lighting:
    Requires a low to medium level
    Temperatures:
    68 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit
    PH value:
    8.1 to 8.4
    DKH value:
    8.0 to 12.0
    Specific gravity:
    1.023 and 1.025
    Water Movement:
    Requires medium to strong, constant or
    intermittent water flow.
    Feeding:
    Feed very often with one of the
    coral filter feeding foods. It's also good to
    provide a varied diet, such as frozen baby
    brine shrimp, Phyto Plankton, Marine Snow
    or any of the other available foods available.
    For continued good health, it will also require
    the addition of iodine, calcium, strontium,
    and other trace elements to the water.
    Agressiveness:
    Peaceful



     
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    Thanks dude seems like I'm in for a huge challenge.
     
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    All the best dude! Keep us posted :thumbup:
     
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    Will do,the LFS said its very ''easy'' to care for.
     
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    Yeah, some of them know it all. You didnt know that? :p
     
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    Yeah sure did :(
     
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