Softy or dendronephtya

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  1. Flyariv

    Flyariv Flamingo Tongue

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    Hello everybody, can anyone see any difference between the 2 corals? One is in my tank that has been sold to me as a softy and the second pic is a dendronephtya, i seriously start to doubt if i own the dendronephtya And not a softy
    My doubt started after i read that dendro have sclerites particularly needlelike which i have noticed in mine[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  3. sailorguy

    sailorguy Torch Coral

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    Beautiful coral,sorry I can't ID for you but it does look as though it could be nps.Good luck with it.
     
  4. Va Reef

    Va Reef Giant Squid

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    How long have you had it? I doubt most people would be able to keep a dendronephthya healthy without directly feeding it.

    Keep in mind Dendronephtya describes the genus not species so going off pictures isn't really a good idea.
     
  5. benbabcock

    benbabcock Bubble Tip Anemone

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    From the thumbnails i was thinking colt coral or maybe a very skinny kenya tree but seeing the whole pic is throwing me off. You maybe right about dendronephtya, google seems to agree.
     
  6. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    The coral looks similar to the image, if you could get an image with the blues turned off or down it might make the ID easier.

    A lot of soft corals have sclerites that look similar, like Nepthea.

    I would treat as an NPS until you know differently.
     
  7. Flyariv

    Flyariv Flamingo Tongue

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    Thx Guys, i have it for 3 months at least and it really thrive , the thing is my tank is quite new so if it is a dendro, it really goes against all rules although my 250l reef tank is quite well maintained, i never feed him directly , sometime i add marine snow , but not so often, since i have introduced him he is always wide open and never collapes , just in some rare moments.
     
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  9. Flyariv

    Flyariv Flamingo Tongue

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    Hello again
    I just shot a quick video with a closeup on the coral and a little overview of my tank, does it help for identification ?

    Yariv dendro or softy - YouTube


     
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  10. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Sweet tank, very nice.

    I can not make an ID, it looks like too many other things.
     
  11. Va Reef

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    It does look like one, but considering they're one of those corals that needs to be fed several times (at a minimum) a day, I find it hard to believe you've kept a dendronephthya alive for 3 months.
     
  12. oldfishkeeper

    oldfishkeeper Giant Squid

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    wow, you have a really pretty tank. What size is it? You have such a variety of colors - nice job!