View Full Version : what is the name of this piece of coral?

07/22/2007, 04:37 PM
here is a picture:

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I know it is lps, but I want to know it's specific name.

07/22/2007, 04:38 PM
The one in the center looks like its dead, the one to the right is a candy cane.

07/22/2007, 05:01 PM
It's some sort of a fungia coral. Definitely alive.
Here's mine,
They looked like this before

07/22/2007, 05:13 PM
It's probably candycane, caulestra coral. Don't touch the live flesh around the outside of the skeleton.Best rule: don't touch where it's slimy. Give it a fair amount of light and test your water: readings should be:
1.025 salinity approx.
80 temp, pretty steady
8.3-9.3 alkalinity
420 calcium.
7.9-8.3 ph.
Feed frozen cyclopeeze: these corals like it. They may also respond to DT's phytoplankton.

07/22/2007, 05:21 PM
It looks like a really deflated open brain coral, probably a lobophyllia, trachpyllia or wellsophyllia, but its really hard to tell from the picture. It doesn't look good though, be sure to keep an eye on it.

07/22/2007, 06:40 PM
I bought this at a store that was going out of business. Here are some better pics. All my parameters are spot on. I just want to find out what this guy likes(light, food, flow,etc...) so I can provide it. I bought it yesterday. It is about 1.5 to 2.0 inches diameter. What I'm calling the mouth has basically been open since I acclimated it and put it in my tank.

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07/22/2007, 06:53 PM
Changing my answer...lobo, in bad shape.

07/22/2007, 07:05 PM
Yea, it definitely looks like a lobophyllia in really bad shape.

07/22/2007, 07:09 PM
yup - we were going to chime in on it looks like a lobo in poor condition.

07/22/2007, 07:20 PM
lobo? no WAY! that is scolymnia sp.

07/22/2007, 07:43 PM
Other than the cane whatever the big one it is looks like just a dead skeleton to me.

07/22/2007, 09:20 PM
as general input for indentifcation and husbandry, you should procure a copy of Eric Borenman's Aquarium Corals. should be in every reefkeepers library. excellent text and the photos are helpful and spectacular

07/22/2007, 09:27 PM
I'm pretty sure that center one is not Caulastrea, and I'm pretty sure it isn't Lobophyllia either. I agree with acrohead's ID of scolymia (sometimes called "meat coral"). Fungia seems pretty reasonable as well.

Oh, and I second that on Borneman's Corals book. It's a great book.

07/22/2007, 11:25 PM
Sorry, trachphyllia is the coral I was thinking of, not lobophyllia (got my phyllias crossed, lol). Anyway, both trachphyllia and scolymia are very close in skeletal structure and would be hard to tell apart (especially in a photo). The only reason I say it seems more likely to be a trachphyllia is because the color looks to be around the edge. But since the care for either coral is very similar it doesn't matter too much. Fungia are flat on the bottom and the long, thin protrusions that are circling the edge of the pictured coral are much farther apart and higher. Although I could be way off, so correct me if I'm wrong.