November Competition - Pet Stop SA

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  1. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Hi everyone.

    Due to the fantastic response from members on MASA, Pet Stop SA has decided to give something back as a sign of appreciation for the great support MASA members have given him.

    Pet Stop SA will be holding a monthly ID competition whereby a photo of a coral is put up for identification. Further information and the rules are at the top of this page.

    Please structure your posts in the following format:

    Name:
    Lighting:
    Water flow:
    Feeding – what types would work:
    Aggression – compatibility:
    Survivability:


    Here are the pics for this months competition, best of luck to you all. R400 is up for grabs :thumbup:

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  3. lIghty

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    Is it possible for a clear real close up of it? not all of us have those 22" LCDs:lol:
     
  4. Moolis Moolman

    Moolis Moolman Pet Stop SA Sponsor

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    Some close-up photos

    Very CLOSE
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    Not so close but better focus
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    And then even further

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  5. lIghty

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    Thanks, it looks awesome, I'm off to find what this is?
     
  6. millepora

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    Name: Blastomussa merleti (Pineapple Coral)
    Lighting: Can do well in moderate lighting (T5’s or lower half of a metal halide tank.)
    Water Flow: It doesn’t enjoy heavy flow, the gentler the flow the better the polyp extension will be.
    Feeding: Like most LPS corals it can be feed small pieces of food such as prawn etc. but will also love a squirt of Coral frenzy and the like.
    Aggression – Compatibility: It is not an aggressive coral, so don’t place it next to more aggressive corals that compete for space.
    Survivability: Once this coral is settled it is very hardy and will grow and live for years. This is a great coral for the reef tank.
     
  7. sunburst

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    Copy Mille:)
     
  8. scubaninja

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    Name: Blastomussa Merleti (Also know as Pipe Blastomussa Or Pineapple Coral)
    Lighting: Will do well under low lighting, Placed at a medium height in T5s, towards the bottom of the tank under MHs
    Water Flow: It will do best in low to medium flow
    Feeding: At least twice a week with frozen foods or similiar(eg mysis shrimp, brineshrimp)
    Aggression – Compatibility: Non-aggressive, does not elicit aggression from other corals so it must not be placed near aggressive corals
    Survivability: This is a very easy to coral to keep and is recommended for beginners, once its established itself it will continue to thrive for many years
     
  9. Moolis Moolman

    Moolis Moolman Pet Stop SA Sponsor

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    Show us your answer and your opinion / research on your answer.;)

    This do not qualify as an entry. You have to type/copy-past your own answer (no copy and past from an answer on this thread) If you do copy and past an answer give references for other to read for them selfs.:p

    It is all about knowledge and doing sum research yourself.:thumbup:

    ALL ARE WELCOME to enter their answers:slayer:
     
  10. Mad_Max

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    Name: Blastomussa (Merleti)
    Common Name: Pineapple or Branched Cup coral
    Lighting: Moderate light level required
    Water flow: A low water current
    Feeding – what types would work: Its body contains the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae from which it receives the majority of its nutritional requirements through photosynthesis. It does not require additional food to maintain its health in the reef aquarium, but it will feed on zooplankton or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates. It benefits from the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water
    Aggression – compatibility:
    It is not aggressive, and does not contain long sweeper tentacles, so it may be placed in close proximity to other peaceful corals or invertebrates
    Survivability:
    Sponge often encrusts the skeletons of these corals, between the "pipes". The sponge usually goes south in transit, but causes no damage to these hardy corals, but don't be surprised if it doesn't smell pretty when you open the bag. Ease of Care(5=easy, 1=difficult) [​IMG]
     
  11. NicoH

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    NAME: Blastomussa Merleti

    Common Name: Blasto or Pineapple Coral.

    Lighting: Prefers medium reef lighting. Does very well under PC's as well as VHO,s but can be acclimated to metal halides with caution. Does well in brightly lit aquariums if slightly overshadowed by a larger coral. Can be secured to rock structure but does equally well on a sandy bottom. NOTE: Acclimate slowly to increased lighting levels as high levels of light can agitate the coral and cause the polyps to recede.

    Water flow: Prefers medium water flow as strong flow will keep the polyps from opening fully, this may cause the polyps to recede.

    GENERAL: This is the easier of the two Blastomussa species to take care of, the other being Blastomussa Wellsi. It does need good calcium and carbonate levels and will do well in temparatures of between 22C to 28C.

    Feeding: Most of it's nutrition comes from it's zooxanthellae. It does however take small foods like coral frenzy, cyclops and finely chopped frozen foods such as mysis and krill etc and may be fed two to three times a week. Comes in a veriatey of colors

    Aggression: Very low aggression. Care must be taken in protecting them from stings from oher corals as they do not respond well to being stung. Can be grouped closely together.

    Survivability: Very good if placed correctly in tank with respect to flow and lighting. Once settled it is a very hardy coral and easy to keep. Growthrates may differ from specimen to specimen and can fragged by breaking the base.

    (Sorry about the third post to get the spelling right. Seems like a spot of ADD. Can one of the Mods please delete my first two posts? Thanx.):([/quote]
     
  12. Moolis Moolman

    Moolis Moolman Pet Stop SA Sponsor

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    This is the last week!!

    and I am sure their are still lots of you that could answer this correctly.:whistling:

    You have nothing to loose BUT lots to win:1:
     
  13. Moolis Moolman

    Moolis Moolman Pet Stop SA Sponsor

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    Only 3 days left.
     
  14. gaz19

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    Name: Blastomussa merleti, comman name- pineapple coral
    Lighting: low lights, t5 will do or place in the lower levels if MH's are used
    Water Flow: low to medium flow, like most lps
    Feeding: coral frenzy, cyclops or frozen food (mysis and krill) 2 or 3 times weekly
    Aggression – Compatibility: non-aggressive coral. dont place withen reach of sweeper tentacles from other corals. leave room for growth
    Survivability: often arrives smelling bad, due to spnoge die off between the skeloton, but once seatled in it is a very hard coral

    *left out common name and wont let me edit
     
  15. Moolis Moolman

    Moolis Moolman Pet Stop SA Sponsor

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    Entry

    Where are your post?
     
  16. Apollo

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    Name: Blastomussa Merleti
    Common Name Pineapple coral, Merlet's pineapple ,Branched cup, Blasto.
    Genus : Blastomussa
    Family : Mussidae
    Native Origin : Indo-Pacific
    Corallites are tubular and extend outward from a common base. When the polyps are fully inflated, the colony often appears to be a solid mass. The fleshy polyp is often two-toned, with the oral disc a color that contrasts highly with the edges and sides of the polyp.

    Lighting: Low to medium light levels are preferred. Will do well under T5's , but care should be taken when using MH's as the intensity of light may "burn" up the coral causing the polyps to recede.The coral can be placed anywhere in the tank, i.e. on the rock or substrate

    Water flow: Low to medium flow is preferred. Strong flow may inhibit polyp extension.

    Feeding : Coral body contains symbiotic algea Zooxanthellae which produce the sugars needed to feed the coral. Will benefit from the addition of supplemental food in the form of filter feeding invert food, microplankton ,mysis or krill. Feeding should be done twice a week in the evening when the polyps are extended and tentacles visible. Additional benefit can be derived by supplementing with Calcium, Strontium and trace elements.

    Aggression : Low agression.It does not appear to ilicit aggression from other corals. Can be grouped closely together. Care must be taken to protect this coral from the stings of other coral.

    Survivability: Once settled, this is a very hardy coral. Sponges occasionally encrust the skeletons of the corals. During transit , the sponges degrade badly and can give rise to a foul smell upon opening the bags. No damage is caused to the coral though.

    General : Easy coral to keep. Recommended for beginners. Requires good levels of calcium and prefers the following water parameters. SG 1.023-1.025 , pH 8.1-8.4 , Temp. 26-28 deg C.

    References : http://en.microcosmaquariumexplorer.com/wiki/Pineapple_Coral
    Home - Reefkeeping Magazine Online
    http://reefdreams.de/tierdaten_eng/t_data_sk_10.html
    http://www.desertcoralaquatics.com/corals/lps-hard/blastomussa- merleti-/prod_73.html
    http://www.wetwebmedia.com/mussidae.htm
     
  17. Moolis Moolman

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    Reference list

    Love your list - some interesting reading
     
  18. Apollo

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    Thanks Moolis.

    Bit of a daunting task for a beginner like me to do the identification and search for relevant info, but I found it extremely interesting. I have already acquired some additional knowledge which I can hopefully put to good use.

    In this hobby you learn a bit every day
     
  19. jacquesb

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    Just to put a "spanner in the works here" - Hope you don't mind Moolis.... but I have had a little look around...
    There are more possibilities than "just blastomusso"... what about acanastrea?
     
  20. Moolis Moolman

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    That is the idea - Knowledge is power!!!!!:yeahdude:
     
  21. Moolis Moolman

    Moolis Moolman Pet Stop SA Sponsor

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    Correct?

    Yes I never said that this answer/s was correct;)

    That's the whole idea - do your own thinking.

    PS. Acanthastrea sp. is on my personal top 10 coral list , right next to blasto's:p
     
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