some sort of stony coral

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  1. rhox

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    Hi. I recently got some live rock and discovered a few of these little guys. I'm not sure now "fresh" the rock is but I assume quite. I just want to know if these are something I should look after or are they just some small coral that will stay that size and may or may not survive in a tank environment? Thank you in advance amd true to form I apologise for the bad quality pictures :biggrin:

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    looks like jewel anemones.
    cool little things
     
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    The thing is the base is hard. Like rock.
     
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    And the arms seem to be see through with the points being blue

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    Yip, jewel anemones. Hard base, don't move, pinpoints on the tentacles. Pretty and stays very small, about 10mm across.
     
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    But how does an anemone make a Calcareous deposit? And I can't see any sort of foot?
     
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    Those are cup corals. and probably non photosynthetic.
     
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    Wow thank you for the info guys. :) I'm impressed. And agree fully. That sounds just like what I'm seeing.
     
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    Yep, Balanophyllia or Caryophyllia most likely. Very common on LR from slightly deeper water.
     
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    Just a Pitty they stay so small :( I hope they survive the warmer water.
     
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    Update. The little cups are doing well. One seems to have gone red.

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    Some more.

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    nice! loving those guys, they never usually last long in most tanks. Plenty of their skeletons are usually found on LR.

    Proof that you bought good quality LR!
     
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    Thank you yes Im quite pleased. I didnt think they would make it. Im not sure if they are becoming more or if I just notice more I think we are up to 6 now. Its kwl that they seem to have different colours.
     
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    our local coldwater species:

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    Wow thanks for posting steve. Are those in your tank or did you take those shots underwater? really nice pictures btw.I think I need a nicer camera. What did you use to take those?
     
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