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jacoc - 2011-03-19
"Its interior becomes blue due the coral's ability to extract iron from surrounding water into a blue salt that is deposited onto the skeleton."

Please in captivity where would this coral get iron from..?


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  • David Brough - 2011-06-24
    Although iron is not a commonly added nutrient like calcium and iodine, it can be maintained. Iron has been found to be particularly useful in aquariums with macroalgae, but could also be used by the blue coral if levels are kept high enough. You can read more about this at advancedaquarist.com
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Adam Wuesthoff - 2012-05-18
We have a pink-tipped anemone at our business. I am not the one who takes care of the two tanks we have, however, I am trying to help find out what would cause it to move up the side of the tank, almost to the top. It almost looks as if it is upside down. We are not sure that there is even a problem. But if it is, then we would like to resolve it as quickly as possible. Thank you for any help that you could give us.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-18
    They move all over the place. Not an issue.
  • David Brough - 2012-09-27
    Actually, most corals that can move will do so if they are uncomfortable with their environment. It can be a number of things like water flow, but in your case it would probably be not enough light.
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karl b. myers - 2012-09-08
Is a beautifal mushroom but does not thrive in well maintained reef aquarium

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alaica parker - 2006-12-22
This is a very interesting coral and it is magnificent in my reef tank. It seems to be very easy to care for and it looks astonishing, it is one that I recommend for the home aquarium.

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ben - 2006-03-23
This is a weed in a well maintained reef, esp with metal halide. Not a good coral choice in my opinion. It can be nearly impossible to remove once it over grows the rock...and it will over grow. Stick with zooanthids, anthelia is ALMOST as bad. Xenia is a better choice, but it would be best to avoid all three.

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Jonathan Peyton - 2012-08-26
Great Page ! What an in-dept description of our beautiful new coral. Thanks so much, especially for the crab info...for some reason two of my red leg hermits jumped on the frag the minute it went in...

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nick - 2012-05-03
I've have gsp for a long time now and noticed they are not extending like they used to any reason to it?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-03
    Normally expansion problems have to do with poor water movement.
  • nick - 2012-05-18
    how long do they take to get back to normal right now they are barely even extended
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Felix Adi - 2012-04-20
I love all kinds of giant clams, croceas are gorgeous.
Thanks for the article.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-20
    You are welcome - enjoy
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Animal-World info on Gigas Clam - Giant Clam
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Alina Kuzmich - 2012-03-21
Clams move with their foot. Their foot has to be muscular to help them move a good bit of a distance. Sometimes they can move an extreme distance if the current is strong. The currents can also help clams move.
Examples:
mussels and clams

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Doddie Dowswell - 2011-03-08
Just bought a Ritteri Anemone and last night my husband found it on the tank filter. Don't know how long he was being sucked up......not sure if it is okay. How do I know if it is going to live? What can I do to help it? Any advice and or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Doddie

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-03-08
    If it is not torn up too bad, it should be okay. Give it a quiet place in the aquarium and see if it attaches itself. Some anemones will recover from some pretty bad injuries, others will not.
  • Anonymous - 2011-06-16
    Thank you for your response. The ritteri anemone did survive. Within eight hours it looked 85% better. We got a guard for our filter so it won't happen again. We were lucky, now it is happy as can be in our tank.
  • David Brough - 2011-06-25
    Oh yeah! Just what the doctor likes to hear. Great news.
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