Animal Stories - Aquarium Coral Reefs


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Sheila - 2011-05-16
I have had an orange antler coral in my tank for 6 months and all seems well. I have a large toadstool leather, a large colony of button polyps and a yellow colony polyp. I have blue mushrooms and a pom pom xenia. I prefer softies, so should I get rid of my antler coral? It is at least 6 inches long and wide and beautiful, but I dont want to injure any of my softies. Advice please!!

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Mrs Jackson - 2011-04-02
Hi. Unfortuately I am upset and hoping you can help with some advice. I have a 160 gallon salt water tank with a beautiful coral tongue that is dieing. Half of it has because white, what can I do to save it? I would really appreciate your help. thank you
Mrs Jackson

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-02
    Will you give us a little more information? Water temperature, lighting, bedding, what else is in the tank?
  • Clarice Brough - 2011-04-03
    Gosh, I hope you can save it... but turning white is not a good sign. That means it is loosing its zooxanthellae, its symbiotic marine algae.

    Unfortunately they are sometimes known to die unexpectedly, for no apparent reason. But they also can go downhill if not kept properly. They must be in the sand, not on the rocks, need a gentle current flowing across them, and must be fed daily. Check all these things, and I hope you can pull it out!
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melissa - 2010-07-22
I have a toadstool actually two in a small tank and my bicolor blenny keeps getting into the head of the larger toadstool, is this going to kill the toadstool and how can I deter the blenny from rooting and biting the coral?

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  • Paul - 2011-02-26
    From this site, animal-world.com they say;
    This species can generally be housed with fishes, shrimp, and hermit crabs. Be careful if a clownfish decides to use a S. glaucum as a surrogate anemone. The irritation of the clown can prevent the coral from expanding. In this case removal of the clown, or screening off the coral from the fish may be needed.

    I have a brown powder tang nipping at my corals, incl my green toadstool. I hope when in the larger tank I'm building, he'll leave the corals alone. We'll see.

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mathew dummett - 2010-12-12
I'm looking to buy a variety of pulsating xenias, pom poms and others I have about 200 dollars to spend please help.

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  • Darryl - 2011-02-25
    Are you still looking to purchase?
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Anonymous - 2011-02-17
This is a really cool website. I learned a lot from it and it helped me a lot with a homework assignment. Thank you!

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Animal-World info on Elegance Coral
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Adam Hart - 2011-02-09
I would echo the comments about MH lighting - it's too strong for these corals. I moved mine into an area of diffused light provided by T5's and it responded immediately. They also will try to eat larger prey but reject when it becomes apparent they can't get it in their oral disc! Mysis shrimp work well.

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saltypaul - 2011-02-01
This coral is very easy to take care of, it grows really fast and is easy to frag.

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Animal-World info on Common Toadstool Coral
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Suzanne - 2010-09-13
I'm fairly new at having a saltwater tank. I absolutely love it. I have a toadstool coral that has doubled in size in 6 months. Yesterday it collapsed and I got it to stand up again. It stayed up all day under the lights and about an hour 1/2 after the lights went off it collapsed again. Is something wrong?

I also have a star polyp that has been in distress since I moved my tank a month ago. It still has color but it's not opening up like it used to.

Does anyone have any advice?

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  • Oger91 - 2010-10-29
    Leathers commonly go through dormant states where they will not bud or bloom. Usually there is a slime coat that will covers the coral, especially when stressed. It will revive in about a week or so. It will be fine, I would check for a nitrate spike though, it could also be caused by that. Do a 25% change and wait. Patience is the key.
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Jan - 2010-10-26
PLEASE leave the coral alone! View it, but don't touch it OR take it....

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Animal-World info on Yellow Sun Coral
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kiara!! - 2010-10-11
This looks like a sun flower.

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