Can someone identify this coral/anenome?

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  1. bec23

    bec23 Plankton

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    Hi,
    Can anyone tell me what this is please.?? Thanx
     

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  3. seawillow

    seawillow Coral Banded Shrimp

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    It looks to me as if it is a rock/flower anemone. They are generally very peaceful and easy to keep. I have one in my 75 reef and my B/F has two in his 26 reef.
     

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    shawnz28 3reef Sponsor

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    Actually no that is a Elegance Coral or Catalaphyllia jardinei. Years ago these were a very hardy coral and easy to keep but in the past few years they have been doing very poorly.  No one last I knew is quite sure what has cause the drastic difference in how it has been doing in captivity and there are numerous theories on it. including collection methods and bacterial infections. I believe Eric B is doing a study on them currently trying to figure it out. Right now till this happens they are probably better left in the wild. I believe this is also one of the corals Eric mentioned when I last say him speak that were dwindling in numbers in areas cause of the way they grow in the wild and the way the are collected.
     
  5. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Right on Shawn,

    Bec is that in your tank?
     
  6. seawillow

    seawillow Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Sorry, my bad! Ya...I guess you guys are right! Good job!
     
  7. shawnz28

    shawnz28 3reef Sponsor

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    No problem! Identification can be tough from pictures at times.
     
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  9. bec23

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    Hi guys,
    Thanks for the advice. Yes, its in my tank. What do you suggest. I have been watching it the past few days and today it appeared to be pooping?? Kinda what you can see in the pic (the brown thing) Do i have to feed it or anything?
     
  10. JohnO

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    What goes in must come out :)

    You can feed them occassionally but they are generally photosynthetic and need medium lighting.

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  11. Birdlady

    Birdlady Finback Whale

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    I have read of anemones expelling zooanthellae (sp?) in just that way.
    What kind of lighting do you have and is it adequate for that coral? I don't know what is the proper lighting for that animal....anyone?
     
  12. JohnO

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    BL,

    It's definately an elegance coral :) They also chuck up now and again to rid themselves of waste etc.

    Normally can be kept at low to medium light levels with low water movement.

    Cheers

    John