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GwenInNM 10-29-2012 05:56 PM

Can anyone id some of these coral pics?
 
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I bought some live rock, and love some of what I see on it. I hope someone can tell what some of these soft objects are from the pics. Thanks much

Picture 1 - grey thing with little "spikes"

Pic 2 - pinkish color

Picture 3 - looks like a feather duster coming out of a squish ball thing

Picture 4 - these have a deep crimson/purple color, not sure what this is? So pretty!

Gwen

Reefing Madness 10-29-2012 07:37 PM

#3- Pineapple Sponge
#4- Red stuff? Looks to be Cyano Algae
#2- That is a Coral, can't tell what though. Is it hard? Or does it deflate when the lights go off? Cup Coral, Ruffled Coral maybe. Not sure. I'm probably not even close.
#1- Can't tell really from the pic, but possibly Sponge.
Looks like you got some Phophates in there.

Tazman 10-29-2012 07:44 PM

Learn something new every day. I have a ton of pineapple sponges in my tank and actually thought it was decaying mysis shrimp stuck to the rocks. ah well.

GwenInNM 10-29-2012 08:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Reefing Madness (Post 1291614)
#3- Pineapple Sponge
#4- Red stuff? Looks to be Cyano Algae
#2- That is a Coral, can't tell what though. Is it hard? Or does it deflate when the lights go off? Cup Coral, Ruffled Coral maybe. Not sure. I'm probably not even close.
#1- Can't tell really from the pic, but possibly Sponge.
Looks like you got some Phophates in there.

What do you think CoralBandit?

I'm sure I have phosphates. I'm using tap water. I know, not ideal, but I'm not filling a 68 gal tank with RO water. Don't have a unit in my house. I've got phosphate guard in the filter now. I just got the live rock I took pictures of today. What makes you see high phosphate? I have some brown diatoms on some of my live rock.

In picture 2, the coral is not hard, it's soft and slimy feel. I don't believe it would "deflate" when the lights go out.

Will these live in SG of 1.021? I really don't want to go higher if I don't have to.
The seller I got them from had them in 1.024-25

Thanks for your help!

Gwen

Reefing Madness 10-29-2012 08:35 PM

No worries on the RO, if you can't you can't, no one should give you any garbage for it. Pic 2, the Coral is the only one you need to worry about, the others you can do without, and are caused mostly by nutrients in the water. Will it make it?? Good question, it may, i'm not going to tell you outright that it won't. Its possible, if its a Softy Coral its possible, those are a bit more hardy than most. But, keeping the Salinity a bit closer to 1.024-1.025 would make it an easier call. Just have to watch him.
And if he doesn't shrink up when you touch him, makes him a hard coral, so to speak.

GwenInNM 10-29-2012 08:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Reefing Madness (Post 1291718)
No worries on the RO, if you can't you can't, no one should give you any garbage for it. Pic 2, the Coral is the only one you need to worry about, the others you can do without, and are caused mostly by nutrients in the water. Will it make it?? Good question, it may, i'm not going to tell you outright that it won't. Its possible, if its a Softy Coral its possible, those are a bit more hardy than most. But, keeping the Salinity a bit closer to 1.024-1.025 would make it an easier call. Just have to watch him.
And if he doesn't shrink up when you touch him, makes him a hard coral, so to speak.

He doesn't shrink up at all. Could he be already dead? I see part of him is broken off, and I don't know if it was like that, or broke when she got rock out for me?

Is there anything I have to do special for these corals? I've been putting a 1/4 of a cube of cyclops once a week for my feather dusters.

Gwen

Reefing Madness 10-29-2012 09:13 PM

Lighting is sufficient. Possibly Marine Snow, Phyto and such once every couple of weeks.
He's not dead. Possibly he broke off some. But, just leave em alone, you can only watch him at this point. Water Parameters and lighting will affect him.

GwenInNM 10-30-2012 09:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Reefing Madness (Post 1291790)
Lighting is sufficient. Possibly Marine Snow, Phyto and such once every couple of weeks.
He's not dead. Possibly he broke off some. But, just leave em alone, you can only watch him at this point. Water Parameters and lighting will affect him.

Thanks. I've been so lucky to continue to have 0 nitrates! That's without my skimmer even in yet.

Gwen


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