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Discussion in 'Soft Corals' started by Warr7207, 30 Jun 2008.

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    How easy are Sea Fans, to look after and keep healthy ?
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    pretty easy to keep.they like moderate to high flow and medium to high lighting.
    remember,they can/may sting other corals which are nearby
     
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    I read they not photosynthetic creatures, what do you feed them ?
     
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    Mek, what are your thoughts on Christmas tree coral - Studeriotes
     
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    well for one they like Iodine.they are filter feeders and also feed of plankton and also thrive of photosynthesis
     
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    Any suggestions for plankton ?
     
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    a stunning specimen!they do however prefer alot of space from other corals because of ther sweeper tentacles which do sting other corals.
    they do prefer adequate flow and prefer to be at the bottom of a tank with medium lighting
     
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    i would guess something like coral frenzy would be good to feed them
     
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    I've been a Red sea fan ever since i scubed there, it's fantastic i reccommend it to anyone.:thumbup:
     
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    yeah its really awsome WeeMan,messed up by getting rid of mines.would have went well in my 600 cube
     
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    Guess who has woken up from their afternoon nap :razz:
     
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    Checking out Sprung's book, and he reckons on his lighting needs scale of 0-10 that the Xmas tree is rated 0. Also says it doesn't contain zooxanthellae, I suppose it is like the Sun corals then. He also rates it as a non-aggressive coral (1 out of 10).

    I am going go check a specimen tomorrow, just checking it won't nuke my tank or anything ;)
     
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    check here
    The Christmas Tree Soft Coral is also referred to as the Medusa Coral, Snake Locks Coral, or French Tickler. It is usually a shade of brown, tan, or gray.
    It is a peaceful coral but will need space between others and itself in the reef aquarium. The additional space is needed to avoid incidental contact of sweeper tentacles and the fact that it will often increase and decrease in size. It will often close up its tentacles at night, resembling a round or oblong potato and unfold its branches during the day resembling a Christmas Tree with drooping branches. Placement in the sand, gravel, or rubble at the bottom of the reef aquarium where the light levels are lower and with adequate water parameters should help it to thrive. The reef aquarium should have a medium to strong water movement. For continued good health, it will also require the addition of strontium, iodine, and other trace elements to the water.
    It does not contain symbiotic algae, so lighting is not a pressing requirement, however, this means the Christmas Tree Coral must be fed. The diet should include live, baby brine shrimp, micro-plankton, and other small foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates, in order to survive in the reef aquarium.
    Christmas Tree Coral (Studeriotes sp.)
     
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    I suppose when Sprung rates aggressiveness it must have something to do with how the coral reacts regardless of position.

    Sounds like the Xmas only gets unhappy when others get too close.
     
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    exactly what i was thinking
     
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    I will check it out, seems like a very interesting and unusual coral.
     
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    i wish, i started work at 6 am got home at 9pm, no chance of a nap fella, i'm creamed i tells ya:razz:
     
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    Yeah, I heard that the UK has the highest cost of living in the world now. Uncle Brown is hurting you British with the taxes. Have to put in the long hours :(

    Least you don't have the crime.

    PS: Anyway you could give a comparison on marine pricing in the UK vs. RSA.

    I know it will cheer us up ;)
     
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    Uncle Brown is about to fall on his sword, so no probs there, i'll give you a cost comparison UK v RSA, then you give me a daily amount of hours you get electricity;)
     
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    Funny you say that, we actually thought we were going have a hard winter. Eskom have got their ass into gear, no more load shedding. Also all the Eskom bosses publicly refused their annual bonuses due to lack of service delivery (now that is a BIG change for RSA, or it could just be lip service???)

    Our big prob at the moment is inflation and the interest rate, it is really hurting people who live right on the edge.
     
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