Dendro won't come out and play

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  1. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    I've had it for a week now and it just doesn't want to extend it's polyps. I moved it under a rock and it still won't come out. it doesn't respond to any food either. I've noticed it put out a few polyps part way once or twice, but that's it; not even when the lights are out.
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Sometimes is a slow process, you just have to keep trying.

    How are you attempting to feed it and when?
     
  4. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    I haven't yet. It won't respond to what I put into the water (fish food, mysis and Coral Frenzy), so I haven't attempted to target feed it yet. The LFS said it was open 90% of the time that he had it in his tank. After the first few days I just assumed he wasn't hungry, but it seems to be quite a bit of time since he last ate (at LFS).
     
  5. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    You have to introduce a slurry and allow the coral to display a feeding response and then target feed about 20 minutes later.

    To get it started I would

    1. Take a liter bottle cut it in half, take the top half place over the coral.
    2. Start feeding initially at night.
    3. Introduce a small amount of food and when the polyps are out offer more food.

    Once you start see a routine response you can train it to eat during the day, and then feed with the pumps off for a short time.

    To maintain the coral you should feed a couple times a week.
     
  6. Camkha1234

    Camkha1234 Great Blue Whale

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    Great advice ;)
     
  7. Kevin_E

    Kevin_E Giant Squid

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    Guess who came out to play last night? Must have known we were talking about him. Great suggetions on how to get them on a feeding routine.
     
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  9. Shark

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    my acans are so senstive to feeding response, anytime I place my hand in the tank for a few seconds the tentacles come out a bit. Dendros are a PITA, sometimes mine looks great and than it goes through periods where it doesnt want to open and theyve been in my tank for 2 years, and no new polys, definitely a slow grower
     
  10. Marshall O

    Marshall O Giant Squid

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    My sun coral (I think it is anyways, vs. Dendro) just went a week without showing its tentacles that I saw (during the day, feeding, or at night). I moved it to a very shaded area, squirted some Oyster Feast on the closed polyp and it opened up and I was able to feed it some mysis. Otherwise, it usually opens up during feedings and at night.
     
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    Dingo Giant Squid

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    yes, oddly enough our "taste" is one that corals often associate with food. A lot of my corals (SPS, LPS, and NPS) will have a response just from a brief second of a hand being in the water.
     
  12. Camkha1234

    Camkha1234 Great Blue Whale

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    So how's the Dendro been?