Wellsophyllia

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  1. mikejrice

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    Wellsophyllia

    Common names: lobed brain coral, open brain coral

    Difficulty Level: Wellso brains are generally very tolerant of most conditions, but stable alkalinity is important.

    Feeding: Wellsophyllia have a very strong prey capture ability. They may be fed any meaty foods including pellets.

    Lighting (Level 4 to 7): These corals prefer moderate lighting, but may be adapted to higher. Be sure to acclimate them when moving to higher light.

    Water flow: Moderate to stronger water flow is ideal.

    Placement: Wellso brains must be placed on the sand. They are aggressive corals with long sweeper tentacles, so be sure to leave ample space around them.

    General: Stable alkalinity is a must with these corals and calcium above 400 is best to promote growth.
     
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  3. m2434

    m2434 Giant Squid

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    Trachyphyllia radiata :p
     
  4. schackmel

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    very nice! Thank you
    cool coral
     
  5. benjaminS

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    Awesome I even see hints of yellow on them thats like pretty rare man.
     
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    Wow, so pretty!
     
  7. Marshall O

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    Lighting question. Have people had better success with them under low-moderate, moderate, or moderate-high lighting? I am likely going to pick one up at my LFS today and can either put it in my JBJ 28 which now has a RapidLED retrofit (20 - 3W LEDs so I would say moderate-high on the sandbed), or in my 55, which again has 20 - 3W LEDs (but obviously over a much larger area, so lighting is less intense maybe low-moderate on the sandbed).

    TIA!
     
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  9. m2434

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    Moderate. A lot of LPS, such as these, do not really produce pigment like many SPS. perhapse some GFP in response to blue light, but for the most part, they tend to just get lighter or darker. Also, they will expand a bit to capture more light if needed, which which makes it look sort of like a fluorescent green bowl of jello, which to me always looks better than being all shriveled up. I guess an argument could be made that if doing so, they could take more light, but I've kept them both ways and haven't seen a difference. They actually do seem to be a bit more resilient with more moderate then bright lot, at least in my experience.
     
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  10. Marshall O

    Marshall O Giant Squid

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    Awesome, thanks for the help. Makes complete sense too. Doing some reading online and it seems the common problem is too much light. I think I will try it in my 55 under the low-moderate and see how it does. I can always move it to the cube if it is not getting enough light.
     
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    Here it is, about an hour into being in the tank (excuse the not so great cell pic):

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  12. mikejrice

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    Looks like it will have awesome color once its acclimated to life in your tank.