COTM November '08 - Torch

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  1. PackLeader

    PackLeader Giant Squid

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    Torch Coral/Euphyllia glabrescens

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    Type: LPS
    Origin: Indo-Pacific, Australia, Solomon Islands

    Aquarium Needs -

    Lighting: Moderate/high
    Water Quality: high
    Current: low/moderate
    Temperament: aggressive
    Supplemental Feeding: small, meaty items
    Frag Difficulty: Easy


    Personal Observations -

    My personal favorite of my corals! Very interactive. At feeding you can see it sway out it's tentacles is an effort to capture food. Tentacles on mine can extend to about 6-8 inches when its at its "happiest", with a lot of movement. Moves a lot more when its in lower flow areas (I keep mine towards the bottom of the tank sheltered by some rocks). Make sure you have powerful enough lighting to sustain it if you plan on doing the same. Important to note that you must leave ample room between the torch and other corals or sessile inverts, as its tentacles can reach out quite far and sting or gather/capture. Also, very good water quality indicator. I can see a definite difference in its happiness with just a change in nitrates such as going from 0 to 5. Clowns can attempt to host it (mine did). My torch was not very happy with it, but have heard of some that will allow it. I supplement mine with Pacifica Krill once a week, but they will also take small pieces of silversides, shrimp, etc.
     
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  3. Camilsky

    Camilsky Montipora Capricornis

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    Very nice! Thanks for your review! Torch is on my "wanted list" ! :)
     
  4. PharmrJohn

    PharmrJohn The Dude

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    schackmel Giant Squid

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    nice post.....I just bought one...is a very cool coral!
     
  6. PackLeader

    PackLeader Giant Squid

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    Have any pics??? ;);D
     
  7. missionsix

    missionsix Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Good COTM pack........ Wish I had one to share a pic. You did recently frag yours didn't you? Or, you are planning on it?
     
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  9. PackLeader

    PackLeader Giant Squid

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    I will be doing it this weekend. I got it as one head, and its now up to 3 1/2 heads. Ive only had it about 2 months so thats also a good note about how fast it can spread. Fully expanded the whole colony is about the size of a volleyball; way to big for my 40
     
  10. cannedmulder

    cannedmulder Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    MIne must not be very happy because I have had it for about 3 months and it doesn't even look like it is getting new heads.

    I do have a question though.....I bought a second head of torch but it is a yellow torch. If I place it near my green will they be ok together since they are both torch?
     
  11. PackLeader

    PackLeader Giant Squid

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    From what I have heard yes, but I personally do not have experience with that. You may want to PM someone who has multiple torch's. I believe geek keeps a few different kinds.
     
  12. PackLeader

    PackLeader Giant Squid

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    Since I was having trouble describing the movement/interaction of the coral, I made a video! so here it is, my video of my torch. And I appologize for the poor quality, it was shot with a point-and-shoot camera:



    Now c'mon peeps! I cant be the only one here with pics or stories about the torch! ;)