Ricordea Problems?

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  1. sandersc

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    Hi

    I have a question to ask regarding Ricordeas. I have tried keeping some Ricordeas before, but dont seem to have the skill to keep them alive and growing. Dont want to spend money on them, not knowing whether they will survive or not.

    I've read quite a bit about them through the years and tried following the advice given, but to no avail.

    Anybody on here keeping rics successfully and healthy, would you mind sharing your knowledge and knowhow with me.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. 459b

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    You had trouble with floridas or yumas?
    Floridas are possibly the easiest coral to keep. Had mine for years and never had any problems.
    Yumas are a different story. They will be happy for ages then suddenly start melting away for absolutely no reason. Had this happen a few times with different colours and in different tanks. Sometimes one or two on a rock of about twenty would melt while all the others remained perfectly healthy.
     
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    David I think I may have had both species before, apparently you need to make sure that your initial stock is in very good health. Is that as important?
     
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    I think most important thing about initial stock is that they come attached to pieces of rock. If they pale and tiny and attached to a rock they do colour up quickly. Those that arent attached are nearly impossible to get stuck to something and eventually wither away.
    Ive found feeding does help (usually target feed mysis) and they do prefer dirty water.
     
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    Okay just my 2 I have had both florida and yuma and to this day I haven had much issues with them @sandersc pm me ur what's app details and I'll explain more on there
     
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    I've found that they do better towards the bottom of my tank. I've had a few on my substrate which did exceptionally well. The ones you bought from me.

    I now have a few more and they are on my substrate again, also doing really well - 4x T5's in a deep tank. 800 deep to be exact and they are doing really well. I might be wrong, but maybe they prefer lower light levels. Ive also noticed that they like very little flow.
     
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    Charl are you talking about those 3 on the rock with the light pink zoas? I'll post a pic of the rock.
     
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    Charl you talking about this one?

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    I'm new to ricordea but since I put my Yuma on the ground they seem a lot happier and extend a lot more. They in light flow now with medium lighting. What I can tell you for sure is they sting like a bitch and leave a nasty scar so be careful when handling them.
     
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    Hi Sanders,

    I am referring to the orange ones. These were also in a low lighting area. But they definitely prefer being towards the bottom with very little flow.
     
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    looks like you have very low nutrients.
     
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    Also looks like low light, zoas normally extend like that when they not getting enough light
     
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    @Charl_Stanhope Charl these ones on this rock are you only one I got from you as far as I can remeber. What else were with them on the rock? What nutrients are you talking about?

    David I am still turning up my new lights, but they are getting quite a bit of light where they are at the moment.
     
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    @sandersc , seems like your no3, po4 is low. Its nota bad thing and i know most people strive for these nrs to be 0, but i know some softies do like those nrs a little higher.
     
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