My Sun Coral

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  1. Manic

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    Just thought I would post some pics of my new sun coral. Had it for just over a week now. It has taken a lot of persuasion to get it to open but it seems that 30mins before the lights go out it starts opening. I then put it in a seperate bowl with tons of food for about an hour. This is it just before the lights went out:

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    This is it back in the tank, after it has eaten:

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  3. Tony

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    Nice healthy specimen. You can get them to open up during the day by feeding them then. You can target feed pellets or flakes or if you feeling lazy chuck some coral frenzy in the water. It keeps them more than happy
     
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    I'm going to try get it to eat during the day. It seems it is getting used to my tank now because this morning all of it's polyps are out.
     
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    I trained mine , will post pics later
     
  6. Kunhardt

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    Cool sun coral Manic! Is it pink in colour or is that just the lighting? Mine is the standard yellow/orange. I want one of those purple ones they look awesome!
     
  7. Kunhardt

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    Tony, am I understanding u correctly in that liquid coral food will keep them happy without target feeding them? I feed mine krill every second day and liquid coral food every day...just wondering if i can cut back a bit on the target feeding a bit.
     
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    It really is pink/purple colour. The lights weren't on when I took this picture though. The colour is much better in real life...
     
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    I really like Tony's K.I.S.S principals when running a reef tank, from the above to his simple procedures for Ca, Alk - Tony I think that is awesome and I think I am going down the same road

    And look how good his tank is ;)
     
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    I've found pellets are also easy. Turn off the pumps and drop some pellets over the coral (ones that sink) and every polyp catches one or two as they sink past the coral, then my hermits and shrimp eat the rest...
     
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    Thanks Mark. I believe this should be a hobby and not a science experiment and rather look to the inhabitants to see if all is cool than a tons of meters and lights

    You can soak the food in tank water and squirt it through a 10ml syringe as each polyp has to be fed. If you have cleaner shrimp, hermits or vultures for fish like me then you will need a stick to fend them off because the coral polyp closes slowly after being fed.

    Also stay away from thge very purple ones as they tend to be dyed and don't survive well
     
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    Coral looks great!
     
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    No its not intense purple, more pink.
     
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    Good then you're OK
     
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    very nice coral Manic:thumbup:
     
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    Manic very nice coral...
     
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    Sorry to answer your question about the coral frenzy. It isn't a liquid food but rather a powder. Mix it with some tank water and add a teaspoonful of it you your display to gewt the coral to open then the whole lot. It works best if there is no filter floss to trap it and if your skimmer is off for an hour so it has time to pass through your system a few times, maximising it's impact. I have found it to feed sun corals better than any of the other planctonic based foods out there but it's quiet expensive.
     
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    Maybe I used the term liquid too losely, by liquid I was refering to products such as Brightwells Zooplankton S/L and Ocean Nutrition coral food. With feeding these do u think I need to still feed frozen krill or brine shrimp so often?
     
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    great coral man looks awsome
     
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    Try it and see how the polyps respond. If they stay open for long and they are full and extended, then the food is doing what it's supposed to do.
     
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    Tony when dosing these liquid stuff do you have to switch off your uplift pump when feeding?
     
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