Is this Cup Dyed?

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  1. Kunhardt

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    After a few days of debate by myself and Falcon as to whether my cup coral is dyed or not I have decided to take the debate to the masses.

    As you can see from the pic below my cup coral is Yellow in colour. A fact that Falcon informed me is not a good sign as it is more than likely dyed. I went on to say that it cant be dyed as I was told that you do infact get Yellow cups but that they are quite rare...looking up on liveaquaria also stated that cups come in yellow. After being shown a thread about another yellow cup on this site, I did some more reading up and found that yes it is common for ppl to dye cups and infact in bright yellow...yikes! However after reading an article by Anthony Calpho on dyed corals I found out that there are infact different species of Turbinaria, mainly the T. reniformis which has widely spaced larger polyps and the T. peltata which has tiny close together polyps. The T.peltata according to Calpho does infact come in yellow.

    So here are the questions... is this infact a T. peltata and even if it is is it infact naturally coloured or is it dyed?

    After extensive reading now, I am undecided whether it is or isnt, where as before I was sure it was not dyed.

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    its tricky mark, indonesian corals are norally the most colourful that we can get our hands on i know for a fact that alot of the kenyan and other countries practice the deceptive sales technique of dying the coral. as to the species i am not one for being a fundi on coral identification. was it from a indonesian shipment?
     
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    Not sure on the shipment Les, i think it probably was...definately not Kenyan shipment though :p
     
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    It looks fine to me
     
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    Like Leslie said it's a tricky one, does it extend its polyps yet or does it stay retracted
     
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    Over and above the dyed or not
    IT looks HECTIC mark really pretty dude super coral!!!
     
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    Its still retracted, the extension in the pic is as good as it gets at the moment, but I think its still acclimitising. When I first got it you couldnt see the polyps at all so its made progress.

    Ya Grant, it is Hectic, but I dont want a dyed coral hey, if its dyed its back to where it came from for it! :p
     
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    Ya thats true lol:lol:
     
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    how long have you had it mark? it will take approximatley 1 week to 1 month to start extending properly..
     
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    Only got it on Friday afternoon, and LFS only got it in Thursday so ya probably still needs time to settle in.
     
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    Im not too clued up with LPS, but is it not a Turbinaria?
     
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    Yes it is a Turbinaria
     
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    I have a yellow one similar to that, it's just a different shape
     
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    @Kunhardt is this coral going into the same tank that you are having Alk issues with?
     
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    It is in the tank with the Alk issues. The problem has been identified with the Alkalinity and is slowly coming right. Not ideal to introduce it now, but I had to take something in exchange for the Heni I took back, and thought it was better kept in my tank than in the LFS for a long period of time.
     
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    So as of now still not sure if its dyed...got a couple of unsures, a define dyed and a define not dyed.
     
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    Ummm , its dyed KunhardtOnly a coral on zeovit can reach that yellow color and even then it wont be that neon yellow.
     
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    Do a google search, 90% of the yellow turbinaria's you will see are that bright, and most of the sites that give descriptions and info on them will say it comes in bright yellow. I'm not saying its not dyed I'm just saying there is the possibility that it isn't. :)
     
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    My cup coral also came in quite a bright yellow, not as bright as yours though.
    A month later it lost the yellow, and now has a slight yellow tinge. The polyps intially would not extend, and they remained closed for 2 weeks, but after moving it a little higher up with a little more flow, they opened and has been doing quite well for well over a year now.
    When i first got mine, the majority of online sites said most of them were dyed.
     
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