Chili coral

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  1. maj

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    Hi ppl,

    i recently acquired a nice red chili coral,have researched it abit but not sure if it is a soft coral or part of the leather family.Guy i got it from said its a soft,while some internet pages says its part of the leather family.
    Im aware its a non photo coral,so whats the best to feed it?

    Will post a pic tonite of it
     
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    Leather corals are soft corals. A chili coral is a soft coral though and almost impossible to keep long term in our tanks.
     
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    oops,sorry about the leather mistake.
    Reason as to why we cant keep it long term?after an hour in my tank ther was some polyp extensions.placed him in a shady area.
     
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    They need to feed 24/7. With a closed system you just can't feed enough for these corals without seriously affecting your water conditions.
     
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    damn,never read anywher that they need that much feeding,most sites said they fairly easy to keep.
    wish me luck!
     
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    From what I recall they are the "easier" of the NPS corals to keep, but need to be kept in a darker section and very much target fed
     
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    well they in the darkest part of my tank,will marine snow be sufficient to feed or should i whip up a special brine/spriulina/garlic flakes mix and target feed when lights off?
     
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    Maj - the best would be to get coral food. The best (although it is also some of the most expensive) is: Zoomax, Photomax..... (I think that is what it is called).... Tiny bottles og highly concentrated stuff.....

    Alternatively - any commercial products with "coral food" on it...

    You can also perhaps try and breed artemia and target feed the coral the artemia nauplii. (the newly bred artemia babies)....
     
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    Thnks jacque,will try to get some coral food now.
    See which Lfs is open today
     
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    Get some Brightwells

    Zooplankton
    Phytoplankton
    Marine Snow
     
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    should i get all of them?which is best to get?
     
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    I would get all and split the dosing between all 3. your other corals will benefit as well
     
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    HEY when is the pic coming:nono:!!!
     
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    Chili Coral are propably on my list of ten most easiest coral to keep... I have never ever heard nor read that require any feeding close to 24/7. They aren't even extended 24/7...;)

    I have also read that you need to have them in a cave, with huge flow, and upside down... Well, I have kept three specimens, and they grow like crazy... I have kept them vertical, horizontal and upside down. I have had them in huge flow, medium flow and even close to no flow, and still theyv thrive. I have kept mine under a ledge, on an overhang and currently right below my 150W MH, and still it opens...

    On that note: I have seen many people talking about NPS coral "needing" dark areas... I find this to be untrue. Remember, they have NO zooxanthellae algae and therefore cant even "see" the difference between whether lights are on or off. The main reson NPS prefer being nocturnal even in our tanks are that most pods and other critters come out at night, this being the best time for the NPS coral to hunt...

    Feeding Chili's are easy. They will take Phyto, zoo, marine snow, cyclopeeze and the like. Mine even takes flakes...

    Really the VERY easiest NPS coral to keep, and nod difficult at all. Make sure to leave it at peace, even if it doesn't open for a week or two - as they tend to do that.

    I know this coral quire well, so dont let the NPS tag make you stress too much, find a spot you like for it, put it there, and just feed regularly.
     
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    U really put me at ease about this coral now,iv been worried silly about me slowly killing this chili.I have been giving marine snow,at night only when i see it opens up abit,got worried when i never saw it open up at all during the day.

    Will place him in abit more flow area,and get some phyto aswell

    Thnks gents!
     
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    maj the reason you are probably not seeing it open during the day is higher light intensity I guess (you probably have more lights running).

    What Jaco forgot to mention is he runs a "low light system". My experience with these corals is the same as Jaco's...quite easy to keep. Just keep in mind that it doesnt like lotsa light
     
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    noted Frans,will defnitly move this bugger into some darkness
    thnks!
     
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    Not the case anymore Frans. Remember I changed over to a mixed reef now. I have a 150W MH (12000/14000K) and I have a 10000K 39W T5 and an actinic T5...

    I must however mention, that yes, it does close during daytime, but even when I ran low lighting, it still closed up. Night time really is when it feeds, but I have even found mine opening up fully during daytime too, under lighting.

    Point being, I think light might have a slight effect on it, but very little. Once this coral settles in, it is quite an easy coral to care for.;)
     
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    shot for the input....maybe this could be the first of many NPS:p

    in about 3 years time maybe;)
     
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    I got jaco's chili coral in my tank now it has doubled in size in 2 months.
    I dont target feed it its in a low light area of my tank on a verticle piece of rock and it opens during the day quite a bit. I do broadcast feed phytoplankton at night once a week though. its also in a low flow area.
     
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