Animal Stories - Aquarium Coral Reefs

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mark - 2012-10-11
Do toad stools bleach. I have a real nice one losing his color. How do i correct it?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-11
    Most of the time color changes in corals are related to the tank lighting, rather than coral bleaching. Coral bleaching is where there is a mass expulsion of zooxanthellae. Most likely your coral has zooxanthalle but not enough lighting, so you are losing color.
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sergio bazain - 2012-07-21
Love the torch but haven't had good luck with mine -  it won't expand like in the lfs. When I bought it I've moved it a few times and nothing my water parameters are good all my other corals are doing good. Don't know what to do anymore need some help?

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  • Anonymous - 2012-09-30
    How much light do you have and have you tried feeding it directly with mysis or other filter feeding organisms?
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renee - 2009-08-24
I have had my purple with yellow flowers gorgonian like the one pictured for about 2 years. It is in excellent condition and has grown fantastic in halide lighting with a nice, moderate flow. It requires phytoplankton and a steady base. Most people sink these in the sand and they did. The base requires adheration to a rock, and preferably to the side, and it will do well in good lighting in a tank where phyto is fed.

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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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  • Anonymous - 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
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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.
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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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