Turbinaria sp. or short stemmed Goniopora ;-)

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  1. 2balive

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    Hi

    Apologies for my extended absence, running around a bit.

    Pls help me ID this coral. I bought it from Perky Pets, David (@Perky pets superstore) said (pls feel free to correct me) that it grew out of the base of a soft coral plug.

    The closes I got in IDing it is one of the Turbinarias, but I agree with David that it does not really fit any of the classic descriptions I have read on it.

    I have a wild guest that it is a short stem, encrusting Goniopora sp. (OK, very little evidence, but would it not be cool?)

    Other option I came up with is a form of Hydnophora, but the polyps is to large for the photo's I have seen of it.

    I currently has it at the bottom of my tank (40cm from the 150W MH), one side of in high flow and the other side in medium flow. It is doing well, expanding and even seeing some growth after one weeks.

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  3. Helga

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    It looks like a Goniopora or Alveopora thats just not extended its pollyps yet. They normally take a few days to acclimatize to the new tank before they extend their pollyps.
     
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    Ive seen this coral ever since its been there and never seen extended polyps like a goniopora or alveopra.
    Always wondered what it is.
     
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    Goniopora

    Hi

    I have this red/pink encrusting one, it was also closed when I got it and took about 1 month before it expanded.

    The texture however looked completely different, the polyps were complete retracted into the base while this one has a very distinct separation between the base and the polyps.

    Also, this one seams to be recovering from recession (and apparently has been for a while in the tank at Perky's), I may be skeptical, but have not heard of a Goniopora or Alveopora that recovers?

    Make no mistake, would love for it to be one.

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  6. Achilles

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    nope my money is on turbinaria peltata
     
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    id also go with a Turbinaria, but which species i am not sure
     
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    the second is red goniopora it should look more like this when healthy , it needs to be fed every second day and make sure iodine levels are normal , then it may recover
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    healthy red goniopora i feed mine reef pearls and reef paste
     
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    Yip, agree, think it is going to look something like this.

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    I think it will suprise us all , i had it for about a month and it was doing well , but i never thourght it was anything ive had before...

    Cant wait for it to grow a little and get a possitive I.D.

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    It is going trough a metamorphous. Becoming fleshy, with weird, changing colors coming out. The polyps disappeared for a few days but are now emerging again.

    My money is still on turbinaria peltata?

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    Update on the mysterious coral, definitely Turbinaria. Stunning blue polyps coming out. Planning to move it higher up in the tank soon.

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