Coral ID

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  1. danimal

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    got these on saturday in a rock pool in Unhlanga - need IDs on all three pls :) (purple songe, green zoa-type things and purple-pinkish polyps in front)

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    Need a more focused pic of the purple/pinks - they could be our local button polyps.

    Same as the green zoa type thing, although I cant see that in the pic? (unless im missing it?)

    As for the sponge, I have no idea - Im not good with sponges ;)
     
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    this is the best i can manage with my point and shoot - saving up for a DSLR! The green stuff is more green in real life, its the pale stuff to the left of the pinkish polyps and is also at the back, to the right of the sponge. The stuff in the front appears to be dying, the one at the back is doing a bit better

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    im not 100% on this,

    but they really look like our local polyps (when closed), if so - they dig medium flow and medium light. see if that helps.
    Our local polyps have a sandpapery texture to them, do yours?

    not sure on the green stuff,hard to make out, does it look more like coral or sponge?

    WRT the sponge, they shouldnt really be exposed to air at all - so keep an eye on it. If it seems like its starting to die off, take it out immediately and run some carbon.
     
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    they are sandpapery :)

    i cant decide of the the green stuff is more spongey or coral, but it appears to be dying. the purplish stuff is doing fine though. my hermits have started eating it, as have my clowns. did an ammonia and nitrate test and they both fine. should i take out the piece with the dying stuff on? it might be difficult to seperate it from the rock its on without damaging the polyps next door. and my LS seem to be enjoying the snack :)



    sorry been every trick i know but i cant get a better pic! a
     
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    I would run some carbon for a few days

    It could be a sponge or it could be algae thats dying off...

    Those polyps are beautiful when they open, they just take time - be patient
     
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    ok cool ive got some carbon, ill put it in a stocking in the morning :)
     
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