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  1. poiromaniax

    poiromaniax MASA Contributor

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    Hey guys,

    just got this frag, can someone help me out by id'ing it for me please?

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    Do not have a clue
     
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    Could be a variation of a type of kenya tree, can you take a pic with the flash?
     
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    poiromaniax Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    will do. the actual color is completely different - my white balance is waaaaay off.
     
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    Lemnalia. IMO
     
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    poiromaniax Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    with flash:

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    That is a chili coral from the looks... Sorry to be the bearer of very bad news, but a VERY difficult coral to keep.

    * Some quick facts on them are that they are totally non photsynthetic, and mostly stays in the dark.
    * The Coral needs to be placed upside down hanging from a ledge, as they grow down and not up.
    * Because they are non photosynthetic, the require plenty of filter food given to them, making them very hard to feed.
    * They also should be place in quite a stongish current, that would transport food to them.

    Read up alot, thats all I can say... I am also going to attempt at keeping one, so any succession you have with it please share!!! ;)
     
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    Here's some more facts about. The one on the pic is just another color variant. Your's will be more orange! :)

    Chili Coral

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    Photo by: KoolFish
    Scientific Name
    Alcyonium sp.
    Common Name
    Chili Coral, Chili Sponge, Red Finger
    Lighting
    N/A, non-photosynthetic
    Aggressiveness
    Low
    Current
    Medium to Strong
    Hardiness
    Moderate, good for aquarists with at least 6 months reef keeping experience.
    Region
    Indo Pacific on reef slopes with strong current. Also found in lagoons with strong tidal currents in shady areas attached to hard substrate.
    Small colony size, not generally reaching over 6 inches tall with finger like lobes or branches, extends small white feeding polyps. Colors can be red, orange, or purple.
    Since this coral is non-photosynthetic (does not feed on light and contains no zooxantheallae) it must be fed on a regular basis. Any phytoplankton, zooplankton, micro food, and brine shrimp is accepted.
    Due to this coral not getting overly large it is an excellent candidate for the smaller nano reefs. If placed in a nano reef, point feeding with a small eye dropper or plastic needled syringe is recommended, as free floating food is undesirable.
     
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    No wait... :whistling: I might be lying here!!! It is a coronation coral that... Closely related to the chili coral. The difference is the chili is totally red or orange, where this one has that white body with "fibre glass" looking texture.

    Scientific name is: Dendronephthya

    Pic: [​IMG]

    Link on some info: Guest Article: Dendronephthya

    Sorry for the mistake guys!!! :biggrin:
     
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    Damn thats a pretty coral!
     
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    poiromaniax Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    hmmm, the base does have the same type of pattern as dendro,

    Thanx Jaco!

    can anyone confirm?
     
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    if it is dendro, i will superglue it upside in a dark high flow area.....
     
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    Yes mnd, the truelly are stunning, however EXTREMELY difficult to keep sa they require a lot of attention. I actually can not imagine going away on holiday and having these, as you can't just gooi food into the water column and hope they feed... :(

    Poiro, even if you can have it hanging upside down, just try to get in anything from 90degrees onwards onto another piece of LR, and yes, in dark place. ;) You mo0st often see these growing on ledges and drop offs in the wild.
     
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    Ah okey, checked it out now, does look alot like dendro though... :p
     
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    poiromaniax Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    too true: that fiberglass pattern is so unusual...


    BTW Jaco, I will give you a call on Mon regarding insurance
     
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    Guys the Lemnalia if often confused with dendro's. They are very easy to keep compared to dendro's. If you got the frag from a fellow reefer who has the coral you should have no problem keeping it. They just ship poorly.

    good luck and watch it grow very quickly.
     
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    Oh and don't try and frag by cutting. It will kill the coral. Best to attach a branch to a rock with an elastic and let it attach, then move the rock so that it splits itself.
     
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    poiromaniax Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks nemo!

    Just as well as i am planning to frag when it grows a bit
     
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    poiromaniax Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Ok, we're back to possible Dendro - another member has just pointed out that this coral has spinicules which Lemnalia does not...
     
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