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My friend who buys stuff from others and resells, sold me this for $25, which I think is a great deal. Not sure I spelled the name right? :lol: Needs some TLC, and I know many aren't successful with these, but I'm giving it a try. Hope polyps extend more with time.

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Yours is the first I've seen of a few with any polyp extension what so ever so you got that going for ya. I've read they are very tempermental but there are some good articles if you do a google search.
 

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Just make sure to feed it and not to have it in direct flow.
I've read the do like high flow, but I'm still doing as much learning as I can. ;-) I've also read contradicting info about them liking "dirty" water and others saying "pristine". I have 0 nitrates and always have had that reading since the tank was set up 8 months ago.
 

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There is a big difference between high flow and direct flow.You can have a high flow tank and not have it laminar by having the current deflected off of any surface be it a tank wall,live rock,surface agitation, or a flow deflector that come in many forms. Basically don't blast it with the pump directly. The reason you are reading conflicting info on the dirty water is because A: there are several types of goniapora that have different needs as well as alveapora that is often confused as goniapora B:Some of those species come from turbid waters in there native habitat but for the most part those waters have there "breaths" of fresh water from the sea C: the success in dirty water usually can be attributed to the presence of planktonic lifeforms,dissolved nutrients, and digestible bacteria that the coral can utilize.

Back to the topic though just keep the circulation pump from direct contact with the coral and feed it once or twice a week when you feed your other corals and you should be fine.One other thing is they are prone to bacterial infections so if you see even the smallest piece of tissue damage utilize a antibacterial coral dip,I like old school iodine.
 

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Thank you for the advise. Here's a snap shot from just now - doing better, which I'm happy about. Slow change, but better:) I've fed coral frenzy and directly fed some R.O.E (Real Organic eggs) a fish product for fish and corals. Don't think he got any of that however:-?

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Best time to feed is when the polyps are extended as in the picture or else they cannot capture any of the food items.I turn off my circulation pumps when I am feeding mine and make sure that everyone gets there share even the fish so they are not tempted to aggravate the goniapora during feeding.Looks like a real nice specimen so keep up the good work.
 

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Just wanted to show you all the changes. Getting some green on it, and it's turning a bit more of a brown color than purple. Be interesting to see where it goes over time :-D

I love seeing how much it's changed since the picture the day I got it.
 

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Not a gonipora :(

Okay, the mystery is solved. Found this link, and it's an identical picture to my LPS, which I thought was a gonipora. Oh well. I was really wanting some purple, but he's definately going to have green tips. At least he's "happy" in my tank.:-D I already have a galaxia, but this one is a bit different species. I think the name Tooth, Star Coral does fit.

like this pic here

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I have a couple varieties and I can say that they are not always immune to each others stings,so keep an eye out.Also I keep my largest colony in the corner of my tank so it won't cause any trouble,or you can try and keep it down stream of the other corals as to avoid touching sweeper tentacles.I would hate to see it attack your goniapora.
 

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It's not a goniopora after all. It's still away from other corals
As it is aggressive as a Galaxia :)
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