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Mike 04-02-2007 09:14 AM

"Meat" coral - how long to "open"?
Hi everyone,

We got 3 pieces of coral for our reef tank yesterday. The salesman wrote down the names for me but I don't have them on hand. Anyhow, they all shrunk down to nothing when he fetched them from the tank for us in the store, but after a while of being in our tank only 1 of the three has not "opened" back up. It is a "meat" coral and looked something like big hamburger patie or clump of chopped meat in the store. Now it is closed up very tightly and looks like a rock. Any idea how long this should take to open up or how long to wait before considering it a problem that it hasn't? Anything I can do to help it along?

Mike :)

usmc121581 04-02-2007 09:17 AM

Do you have a pic because unless its the scientific name its just another common name for me. I have never heard of them. But a coral is like a human, it will do what it wants. It might still be stressed still from the move. Give it time it will open. As long has the flesh isnt coming off or turning white you are good.

Mike 04-02-2007 09:33 AM

Hi Mike,

Thanks. It appears to be a Indophyllia macassarensis.

It looks something like this:

caferacermike 04-02-2007 09:50 AM

How were the corals removed from the LFS tank? Hopefully the sales person waved their hands over the coral to get it to retract fully before touching it. This is important as the coral can easily cut it's tissue if moved while out. For those types of corals the people I deal with always bag the coral inside the tank it was shown in. That way it won't suffer atmospheric pressure differences. A lot of LPS count on the bouncy and different pressures of the water to help lift and hold all that tissue which fills with water. That coral could stay closed for an unspecified period of time without much harm. I've seen some stay closed for weeks. Move it to a dim area with little flow. That could help get it started.

Mike 04-02-2007 12:03 PM

Thanks for the input. I think he just picked it up and it shrank as he was putting it into the bag, maybe even in mid air.

He was the owner of the store so I presumed he knew what he was doing but who knows... maybe it doesn't much matter to some once it's out there door.

I'll keep my fingers crossed that it comes out soon!

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