My first Coral!!!

Discussion in 'Coral Health' started by NU-2reef, Mar 9, 2008.

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  1. NU-2reef

    NU-2reef Montipora Digitata

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    I picked up this coral from the LFS a few days ago. it was actually sold to me as a toadstool but i have a feeling it more of a devil's hand coral.

    the first pic is right after placing. seems closed.

    the second is the coral starting to open

    the third you can see some polyps coming out to play.


    Now the past couple of days the coral has not been extending its polyps but has been in the "closed" then soon after "open" positions. mostly open.

    Not too sure if the coral is healthy or not or whether its normal behaviour.

    its seems to have a purple coloring to it but i have noticed a few lighter grayish spots, maybe you can see from the pic.

    Kinda new to the hobby so any info or input would be great.

    most of what i find on net tells me that they are easy to keep and medium-high flow and light. kinda vague if you ask me.
     

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  3. aquaboy

    aquaboy Panda Puffer

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    Thats a toadstool that isnt open :D Doesnt getting corals just feel exhilarating?
     
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    reef_guru Humpback Whale

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    if you put sps corals in the same tank as that, there will be a chemical war
     
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  5. NU-2reef

    NU-2reef Montipora Digitata

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    thanx for confirming and yeah its great getting new coral but will the toadstool take a while to open?

    and what do you think of me getting a brain coral for my second purchase a couple of weeks down the road? and maybe a ricordia or two

    the guy at the lfs told me it takes a more experienced reefer.
     
  6. NU-2reef

    NU-2reef Montipora Digitata

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    I was told that i cant keep SPS with my lighting system. is this true?
    if so i guess i dont need to worry...?

    the classification of LPS and SPS is still not all clear to me yet sorry.
     
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    reef_guru Humpback Whale

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    lps large polyp stone
    sps small polyp stone

    yup
     
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  9. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Looks more like a devil's hand leather than a toadstool to me. :)
     
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  10. aquaboy

    aquaboy Panda Puffer

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    OHH, when you click on picture you can see white dots....lol i based my assumption off of smaller pc and the thread that Omard posted about his collection of sacropyhton corals :p
     
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    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I could be wrong though :D
     
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  12. NU-2reef

    NU-2reef Montipora Digitata

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    heres an update and MORE PICS!

    im still somewhat confused but im also leaning toward a devil's hand. the coral is looking healthier and the polyps are showing more often now. the coral shed a layer of skin before the polyps decided to show, is this normal?

    I couldnt resist my second purchase. i planned on just "looking" but temptations came over me when i saw a frogspawn with pink tips, its just a small frag but i feel like i got a deal for 14.99. It was the only frag of frogspawn they had so i had to do it.
     

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