Thin orange stolon polyps

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    Hi guys

    I picked these up on the weekend and the supplier said they could take upto 3 weeks to fully open up. Anyone have any experience with them? I cant find much info on google but they a zoa type apparently



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    Oh no.... Its a sun coral Rakabos! Completely non-photosynthetic and needs feeding!
     
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    Not kidding. Now go and MOER that supplier! ;-) What kinda zoa would take three weeks to open anyway. Hmph.
     
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    Ok

    So i wanted an orange and i was sold a lemon. Thx for the info guys - taking it back later today then
     
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    Yup, definitely a suncoral. One that is not doing well either dude... It's on it's way out.
     
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    bro!! is this a sponsor? what a shocker name and shame
     
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    i suggest you ask Jaco Schoeman he will tell you what it is , but to me it looks like a sun coral far into the dying stages
     
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    its a Tubastrea aurea, its LPS and looks like a sun
     
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    Well i took it back. Considering what it cost i didnt wanna take a chance on either me not knowing how to care for it or it needing target feeding. They were happy to exchange it but insisted that its not a sun coral and would require only broadcast feeding. Still i have done the impulse thing before and got nailed so better safe than sorry.

    In the 3 or so days in the tank it hasnt opened up once and neither had the other specimen at the LFS
     
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    Dallas is spot and YES, that is a sun coral. Some people refer to it as a small polyp sun coral. These, unlike other suncorals do not in fact share the yellow body layer. They are seperate... Let me guess, the polyp heads are the size of zoa heads right? That is why the LFS thought it was a zoa - but they are SO WRONG!!! Epic Fail!!!



    Just to rectify perky pets, any suncoral that lost tissue will still have it's yellow mouth area. They do not and cannot bleach, so they remain the same colour. If they reach the point of losing all tissue leading to the polyp, they are in serious danger.

    The red stuff inbetween is definetely sponges.

    This coral does not look that bad in fact. Do not compare to a normal suncoral where the tissue has pulled away to the point of only the head being yellow...

    That said, this is not the easiest of the suncoral species to leep - they have much smaller heads and thus need much smaller food than your normal mysis feeding etc.

    Rakabos, if you want to keep it, you are welcome to bring it to me, let me get it nice and healthy for you, and if you are up to the challenge, you come collect and give it a bash...

    If not, I will buy it from you.
     
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    Hi Jaco

    Thx for the info and clearing it all up. Like i said i just came back from the LFS where i returned it. Feel free to PM me if you want the info on where to get it. I will make them aware of this post and that they are selling the coral with the wrong information to customers
     
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    Just to correct myself and Dallas, this is in fact a Balanophyllia Sp. and not a Tubastrea species - although quite similar in appearance. The major difference is that Tubastrea is a colonial type of coral, and share a stomach, where the Balanophyllias are a single polyp - so on that colony, you might find one polyp dying where all the rest are doing very well, and the reason would be that the one polyp just never got fed for example...

    Have a look at this thread of mine:
    Non Photosynthetic Coral Species and Care - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
     
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    So ive been chatting to the LFS owner and here is his feedback...

    His words: Its a new species from Bali and definitely not a sun coral but a softie

    English Name: Thin Stolon Polyps - Orange/Yellow (New)
    Latin Name: Carijoa Sp.
    Indonesia Name: Polip Lidi Orange/Kuning
     
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    Not your fault dude... The LFS is wrong!!! If they do not believe me, tell them to try and cut a polyp off from there, like you would be able to do with zoas. Tell them to rub over a head, and they will see yellow residue on their finger like chalk - would a zoa do that. Tell them to touch the heads, and feel whether or not it is soft or hard...

    Now, once they have done all of this, tell them to let me know to go bliksem them as they have just killed it.:p

    If you ever wonder about whether or not it is a NPS or not, have the LFS place a plastic bowl or something over it, or ask them to sump it, anywhere in the dark. Now ask the LFS to throw in some zooplankton or reef snow. Go and have a beer, or take the kids for an icecream.

    Come back after an hour, and then check it. If it opened up, in the dark, with food being given to it - it has 95% chance of being NPS...

    Alternatively, if you are not sure, give me a call and make sure. 072 917 4071 ;)
     
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