Is my sun coral ok

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  1. mike Bushie

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    Ok my sun coral is doing great has another like 5 heads growing since i got him. my question might sound a bit stupid but here goes.
    MY SUN CORAL hardly closes day or night.
    Its great for my tank as its always open and beautiful. However is this a bad thing that the guy is always open.
     
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    Are you feeding him?
     
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    perhaps you have dim light?, i can't think you have anything wrong with your coral if its growing, then i would just say your lucky its open allot. in my humble opinion that is
     
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    3x a week
     
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    i have a 150mh and 2x 24watt t5.
    Sun corals don't need light.
     
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    So you target feed each head 3x a week ?

    Or do you just toss food in.


    It probable just stays open because it senses food or looking for food.

    My one nearly died and it was open most of the time, since I have been feeding it every day for the past 3 odd weeks it does not stay open as much anymore. They can be "trained" to open at certain times, if you keep up with regular feedings.
     
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    thalion- i use MEK's technque of feeding.
    I have the top part of a plastic bottle which i cut.
    then i made a hole in the middle of the screw on top just big enough to put my syringe in.
    i feed him with artemia and cyclop eeze.
     
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    Do you see that each head gets food, very easy to see that they are eating. It is quite amazing to see them eat and the size of the bits of food they can shove down they mouth.
     
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    yep i do bit of a bugger trying to feed the small ones though
     
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    If the coral is open most of the time then it's a definate sign that it's been looked after.
     
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    mine only open when the main lights are off and the atinic lights are still on, my gorgonia is much the same as well. i don't claim to be an expert but if yours is getting more heads it must be healthy. i don't think that anything in nature would reproduse if its not getting enough food. IMHO that is
     
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    The best placement of a suncoral will be in a shaded area eg.under a ledge where it receives indirect light. Placing of the coral in an area like this and correct feeding and obviously decent water parameters, the coral will thrive. :)
     
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    here are a few pics of mikes sun corral, seems to be doing really well if u ask me:)

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    hehe i'll post a pic of the jumping in his new home (my tank:))
     
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