How adaptable are vietnaam elegance?

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  1. Mc

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    Hi All

    I got an elegance coral over the weekend and I'm trying to figure out the best spot for it.
    It comes from vietnaam, so I am hoping it will do well.

    Some reports say that those that come from vietnaam are collected from shallower water and because of this are tougher.
    I am just wondering how adaptable they will be to lighting and flow?
    Has anyone succesfully kept one of these higher up in a tank?
     
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    I would strongly suggest keeping it on the sand, in a very low flow area.
    Make sure there is no damage to the skeleton already
    Also elegance love being fed every now and then, which will go a long way to keeping him happy and healthy
     
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    I have quite a few NPS so him getting a lot of food shouldn't be a problem.
    There doesn't seem to be any damage from what I can see.
    The one problem is I don't really have a lot of space on my sand bed.:blush:
     
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    Honestly I think you must make space for him and lots of it. Just rememebr these guys have very long stinger tenticles, so will sting anything even aptasia get stung by this guy
    You can risk him on the rocks but the problem is when they open up and their flesh settles on the rock it gets hooked and when he retracts again it pulls on the rocks and tears which for most LPS is fine but elegance are very sensitive and once they get some flesh damage, they very rarely make it.
    So I am not saying this will happen but the chances are good.
     
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    Ok thanks I know about the tissue damage, I have put it on a rock where it can't really hook on anything. Any idea how far its sweeper tentacles can reach?
     
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    It depends on the size I had a large one and nothing within 20-30cm of it would survive
     
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    These guys are tough, my octo coral fell on mine and stung half of the poor elegance but it recovered within a few days and is looking as good as it was. I got mine from perky a few months back and its doing extremely well. As Reefhead said make space for it, not sure on the sweeper tentacles(haven't seen mine) but they open big. I keep mine on the sand bed but have noticed that it opened bigger when it was placed on a rock in my holding tank.
     
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    Thats a long way, will keep that in mind.
    When you say nothing what corals are you refering to?
    Thanks for the info.
     
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    @Keanan Under what kind of lighting?
    I have heard some are really tough and others are very weak, depending on where they were collected.
     
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    mine is placed opersite side of pump in medium - high flow and seem to be doin well, only real diference you will find is that in lower flow there tenticles tend to elongate,, also you will notice that the teticles touch my zoas and so far i havent seen any harm done, i dont feed mine coz i dose marine snow every now and again and yes,when you buy them,they do tend to quadruple in size once settled

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    Mine is quite similar to that in colour, just a bit brighter.
    What I am also worried about is I have seen a lot of coral lose there colour and go more brown as a result of higher light and too much photosynsesis taking place.
     
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    its the pic... camera never catches the true colour,mine is also wayyy brighter in real :lol: and even glows now that i have ATi lighting...
     
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    @Mc I have mine under T5's, I think mine also came from Vietnam.
     
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    it is , if im correct we got ours from same shipment at perkies
     
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    That would explain why it is quite tough.
     
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    not the same shipment, I got mine the beginning of the year I think, if not longer.
     
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    Keep in mind they may appear tough but people rarely have success with them past 3-5 years
     
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    indeed, i have also recently stumbled upon that info... most people say the shrink and die off... mine started doing that after my daughter spilled marine snow in the tank,i knew my nutrient level must have spike cause my elegance just looked shame:lol:it looked like a piece of biltong... i immediately did water changes 3 days apart and dosed prodibio bio digest and 3 days later it looked as good as new,maybe even a bit better,so i did research and it came up that they hate high nutrients and unstable parameters,and that is what cause 90% of the recent failures
     
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    Some interesting research I was reading, done by Eric Borneman shows that this wasn't the case quite a few years back and these were known as one of the easier corals to keep. That is why I am curious of experience people have had with elegance from vietnaam, as I know the problematic ones seem to have come from indonesia. Any thoughts on this?
     
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    One of the earlier threads.

    Elegance Coral theory - Page 2 - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    I have read stories about reefers feeding them shrimp and hake and even some fish being chowed by them? I honestly don't believe it. I have only target fed mine once in the year that I have had it because it wouldn't take any offerings. I now add a cube of 4 frozen foods twice a week before lights out. My clowns host in it now.
     
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