gualagorgia sp

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  1. seank

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    Can anyone please tell me if this is photosynthetic or non?
    Need to know asap as I do not want to buy something I am gonna loose...

    gualagorgia sp. - Blue sea fan (Horse whip)
     
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    Also, advise on the following:

    Chironephtya sp (color Gorgonia) as well as

    Pterogorgia sp. (Cactus Gorgonia)
     
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    Hey Sean just found some news on your gorgonians they require medium to heavy flow and low to medium light. As they are not photosynthetic, they will need frequent supplemental feedings of invert foods like marine snow to thrive. Just thought i would let you know..
     
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    Chironephthya are not gorgonians though they look much alike though. They are soft corals in the same family as "chili corals" (Nidaliidae). They lack zooxanthella, so non-photosynthetic as well. The Pterogorgia sp. i can find nothing on those hopefully someone else can assist you on them..
     
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    @seank: Do you mean: Guaiagorgia sp.?

    "One of these systems was stocked with several invertebrates whose husbandry has proven highly difficult, in order to assess their response to DyMiCo. These included sponges (Trikentrion flabelliforme), gorgonian octocorals (e.g. Guaiagorgia sp.), hydrozoans (Distichopora spp.) and Comatulid crinoids."

    "Other, more colorful azooxanthellate gorgonians, however, have been proven far more difficult to maintain for prolonged time. Examples are species from the genera Menella, Swiftia and Guaiagorgia (Holaxonia), and Diodogorgia (Scleraxonia)." Azooxanthellate = "without zooxanthellae", i.e. non-photosynthetic.

    (From Feature Article: Improved husbandry of marine invertebrates using an innovative filtration technology - part two: results with two 12 cubic meter DyMiCo systems Advanced Aquarist | Aquarist Magazine and Blog. )

    Pterogorgia sp. is a gorgonian octacoral. So it's also non-photosynthetic.
     
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    Thanks Braco and Skattejag...
    Pity though, as I was really looking for some photosynthetic gorgonians... And these were available....
    Not keen to feed every single coral every day specialist food.. My time and patience does not allow it.
    Thanks anyway.
     
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    You're Welcome..hey in the end now i know as well..such things that require 24/7 care would drive me crazy as well.:blush:
     
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    Pterogorgia is photosynthetic I think. Still a difficult species though.

    The ones to go for are Pinnigorgia and Rumphella. Rumphella is fairly common on the northern KZN reefs. Most people think they're Sinularia or something though because they look kinda similar to the untrained eye.
     
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