COTM Nov 2009 - Sinularia spp (Polydactyla?)

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  1. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Phylum: anthozoa
    Class: octocorallia

    Sub-class: alcyonacea
    Order: alcyoniina
    Family: sinularia
    Genus: ssp - unsure any help on ID would be great but possibly polydactyla?
    Common names:
    thick branched finger coral
    Origin: Madagascar, red sea, Seychelles
    Temperament: semi aggresiv

    Reef parameters and recommended/desired levels. - Normal reef parameters - but very tolerant IME
    Hardiness: Easy
    Flow:. good to high IME
    Foods/feeding: - not required IME

    Lighting requirements: Medium HO is OK- but can stand high
    Frag difficulty: Easy - scalpel, or very sharp scissors netting and vacant rock - Clean cut, rinse in tank water in bucket to remove resulting slime production, use bridal veil or similar netting and tie to rock, leave in area of low flow for 14 - 20 days and frag should have stuck itself to rock and netting can be removed - IME the larger the piece you cut, the better your chances of the frag surviving.
    Personal observations:

    A Great beginners coral IMO
    they are tolerant of a wide range of conditions in terms of light and flow, require no special attention in terms of feeding ( I do add microvert, Accel and Chromoplex to the tank every so often but do not directly feed this coral)

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    This image added for all the people who worry 1st time they see their coral closed up, mine does this every night within 2 hours of lights out, but most days is open again before lights on following day

    the only exception being when it sheds its skin and then it may be closed for between 3 days and a week

    NB - the more flow you can put around it - the easier it finds shedding skin

    mine has a Sieo prop pointed at it close range
    and resists my attempt to move it from there

    Steve
     
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  3. Geoff

    Geoff Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    Good looking leather you have there Steve, been thinking about getting one,whats the growth rate on leathers? Thanks for the info.
     
  4. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi Geoff - IME the growth rate is reasonable but not weed like
    its not the sort of coral like Anthelia or GSP that can spread and take over your tank

    it can be pruned / fragged with relative ease , so again you do have an amount of control on how large it gets

    Steve
     
  5. ReefSparky

    ReefSparky Super Moderator Staff Member

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    great article, Steve! :)
     
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  6. Daniel072

    Daniel072 Giant Squid

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    great write up steve. I like seeing things like this after being gone for a while
     
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  7. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    thank you Reef Sparky and Daniel

    Im going to frag this coral at the weekend and photo document 2 different methods of frag treatment (Directly using elastic band to rock and also cocktail stick through frag and stick banded to rock so no direct elastic contact with coral )

    I will start article on 1st cut Saturday PM - and then update weekly on mother coral and frags progress

    Steve
     
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