Id on gorgonian

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  1. Philip.Cloete

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    Hey guys can you please id this gorgonian just added it to tank and from what I can make out it is a finger gorgonian which is not good beacuse the guy at the lfs told me its photosynthetic and I dont need to feed it anything.
    But if its the finger gorgonian it is said to be hard to keep and needs to be fed.

    That means I neet to courier food as I did not get any.....

    The white polyps also started to come out now

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    Heres some photos after polyps opened
     
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    I still cant seem to find any info on this gorg it does not seem to be the red finger gorg as this one does not have a thorny like stem. All I can find on red gorgs with white polyps is the red finger gorg.

    Does anybody know what this can posibly be
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Stunning coral, did you check Diodogorgia nodulifera?

    Whatever it is it will need manual feeding, things like cyclopeeze or Fauna Marin do a couple of specialised foods, Ultra Seafan and Ultra Min F.
     
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    Also have a look at Corallium rubrum?
     
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    Philip.Cloete Thread Starter

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    @viper357 yes thats the one thanks so much.

    How the hell did you get to that coral I have tried and searched everywhere.

    Anyways thanks again is there some reefers that has succeeded in keeping these as I see they are expert corals.

    Will get some food next week.
    Is there a dealer that keeps all of these foods and that will courier it to me
     
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    Philip.Cloete Thread Starter

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    Is there another name this coral goes by cant find any information ( flow rate, placement, if its photosynthetic ect) if I search muricea flammea
     
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    This sucks, I cant be the only one that has this type of gorg............................PLZ anybody out there that can give any input would be much appreciated
     
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    Third Link on you'r 1st reply...;) This is a Site I found with my 1st search...will try some more..it basically covers all, but currently better than nothing..:blush:
    http://animal-world.com/Aquarium-Coral-Reefs/Gorgonians

    More:
    http://animal-world.com/Aquarium-Coral-Reefs/What-Are-Gorgonians
    http://www.aquacon.com/seafan.html

    Some extra reading..:blush:
    http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2002/3/inverts
    http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2004/3/inverts
     
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    lol :p They're really hard to keep and need to be fed a lot, that's why very few people keep them. They need to be fed multiple times a day in order for them to thrive, but with so much feeding your water parameters will go through the roof so you need much bigger and better nutrient export etc. etc.

    Try Dorry Pets, I know they were bringing in Fauna Marin stuff a couple of years ago, not sure if they stock the gorgonian foods I listed, I'm not sure what other foods are available that are suitable.

    You can also try a forum called Azoox, they specialise in these sorts of corals, although it's not a very busy forum but you might be able to find some info there - Azoox.org Index page

    Otherwise bump your thread on Monday morning when a lot more of our guys will be online.
     
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    thats a stunning looking coral. good luck with it, you are going to have a steep learning curve to keep it well and healthy, ive always avoided them as they sound like harder work than i can give them.
     
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    Get hold of Neil H he is a pro on these
     
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    I Know @Visser has a blueberry gorgonian.. Ask him for some advice..
     
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    Thanks so much everyone for the comments everything is starting to become clear now.

    I was just wondering how can I get more nutrient export on my system.
    I dont want to add a np pellet reactor beacuse it will strip the tank of any nutrients that may be good for the gorg and softies or should I give it a go.

    Theres no good and trusted way that I know of , I tried an algae scrubber before but lets just say that ended in a disaster.

    I have a dsb and skimmer and I am running purigen in a reactor but thats it and I know those things in place wont handle a tank that gets feed a couple of times a day.
     
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    you are welcome to PM me for feeding and filtration advice.
     
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    Hi @Philip.Cloete i have the exact same gorg.
    Its one of the easier ones to keep.
    I feed mine twice a week with cyclepeeze & reef pearl mixture that i freeze in 5ml ro water in icecube trays.
    I shut down my return pumps for an hour leaving only my vortech running in feeding mode. I then use one cube to target feed & one i just toss in the tank...

    The secret with any nps coral is to prevent any algae from growing on them & to trim any dead branches out with a nail clipper to assist with new growth tips...
     
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    These are my gorgonians... They are currently at a friend of mine until my tank is finished rescaping...
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    The one you have is a white polyp red finger gorgonian...
     
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    Philip.Cloete Thread Starter

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    @Visser your gorgs looks awsome hope I can manage to keep mine in such a condition.

    I had a look at your thread and you give some good advice on keeping gorgs.
    Anyway I want to upgrade my filtration now and get the foods they need asap.what foods do you feed yours and where do you buy?

    The gorg I have is a muricea flammea not the red finger as its stems are not thorny like the red finger. Can only find one site about this gorg and saw one guy on azoox has one too but he is also in the dark as to what this type of gorg needs.
    Butaybe it is the same as yours it looks verry similar but if I google it I get pics of gorgs vith very rough stems, mine is smooth and the polyps are verry small compared to the pics I get from the web

    What do you use as filtration I see you use platinum bio cubes , do they really work that well or should I get something more efficient.

    Thanks
     
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