Please help ID

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  1. King_Triton

    King_Triton

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    Hey guys please can someone ID this coral. It's purple. Sorry for the bad pics. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  3. Gerhard DP

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    @Visser should be able to help.
     
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    Looks like a Purple Tree to me?Eunicea Sp
     
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    Thanks guy's. Carlos, when I Google it says it is photosynthetic and feeds through water column. What should it be target fed with
     
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    Gorgonian.SP agree with carlos
     
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    you can use any of the available foods, phytoplan, zooplan, gonipower, reef pearls
     
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    Hi

    Check the Jan/Feb 2013 edition of the Coral magazine.


    It is a nice write-up of photosynthetic gorgonians. Also thought they are very tuf to keep, but there seam to be a growing opinion online that they are similar to SPS in demands.

    Definitely want to include some of them in my next tank.
     
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    Sorry for only posting now... Had a hectic day.
    Yes, @carlosdeandrade is right, its a purple finger gorgonian.
    They are an extremely sensitive species of gorgonian to keep... (Probably one of the most difficult ones to keep healthy...)
    Here are a couple pics of mine in the link.
    http://http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?t=33923&page=13

    & here as well
    http://http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?t=33923&page=14

    Its also quite a picky eater... Ive tried all other types of planctonic foods which worked lovely for my other gorgonians, but none worked with this one.
    I then decided to try out reef pearls & whoala. It loved it!
    The reef pearls are quite expensive, but lasts a very long time. The method i found to work best when feeding gorgonians is to first add a small amount of frozen red plancton (ocean nutrition) to "entice" the gorgonians to open up their polyps & leave it in the water colums for about 5minutes.
    Then i mix a little less than a quarter teaspoon of reef pearls with about 10ml tank water using a turkey baster.
    I then hold the turkey baster outlet about 5cm upstream of the gorgonian branches, & slowly release the reaf pearls over 1-2 minute duration.
    I should also mention that i swich off the return pumps for about 15 minutes yo give the corals enough time to eat as much as possible.

    Here is a link to a the red finger gorgonian for some more details.
    http://http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=597+601+605&pcatid=605

    The other secret to gorgonians is to cut out any dead branches using a nail clipper. Make sure to cut the branch about 2mm into the "living" part of the coral otherwise the dead parts will just become more & more.
    The dead branches gives a perfect place for algae to take place, & thats detrimental to the coral!
    Ita also very important to keep all gorgonians only in a very mature tank that is capable of producing its own living planctonic creatures to help feed the gorgonians.

    Feed at least every 2-3 days.
    If you need any more help, feel free to send me a pm.
     
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    Hey Visser thanks for the info.

    For some reason the links you posted dont open. can you please repost.

    Will be getting some planctonic foods to try out today. Lets hope mine isnt as picky.

    what signs should i look out for to see if this coral isnt doing too well?
     
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    When you start seeing dead branches like in this photo, its a sign that the gorgonian is starving. (i got this one from a petstore that never fed this gorgonian & let it lie flat on its side for a month. I later cut out all the dead branches & its has since then recovered fully.)
    Other than that, its very difficult to see the status of its health! Just make sure that its always well fed, & remember to cut out any dead branches, & it should be ok!
    [​IMG]
     
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    Here you can see what the gorgonian looked like after i cut out the dead branches.
    [​IMG]

    & also my red sea fan gorgonian after it started recovering.
    [​IMG]
     
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    A post from my thread
     
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    Looks like mine needs some feeding. the polyps are a rich purple color, but not as open as the one in your tank. will try feeding it today. lets see what happens. it sure is a beautiful addition:)
     
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    Yeah, they do require a bit more attention than normal corals, but the beauty makes up for that.
     
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    Hey visser just wanna say thanks on the heads up with the reef pearl. The coral seems to love it. Will be getting the yellow one this weekend
     
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