View Full Version : Australian purple Blastomussa coral

01/27/2009, 08:47 PM
I need some help. I purchased this coral because it looked amazing. At the store I got it from, he had fraged it twice successfully in which I saw and the coral had a very nice slime coat on it. In my tank (120 reef), it doesn't look like that. It still has color, but I'm concerned and don't want to lose it.
I have it at the top of my tank with T-5 lighting. I also have a jet right on it for the most part. I feed mysis and krill. I also supplement phytoplantent. If you have any suggestions, I'll take it. Thanks.

01/27/2009, 08:51 PM
Is it a Wellsi or Merletti? I know my Wellsi dosnt particularly like fast current.

01/27/2009, 08:53 PM
I am not sure which it is.

01/27/2009, 08:59 PM
After just doing some homework, this would be a Merletti Australian purple Blastomussa coral. It is approx. 6" in size.

01/27/2009, 09:02 PM
wellsi should be at the bottom of the tank under low flow. merletti should be mid to low and favors lower flow as well though it can tolerate more flow than wells. NONE should be at the top under high flow.

wellsi look like this in various colorations and is much more expensive than merletti. you can probably get four times the polyps of merletti for the same price.

merletti looks like this and usually is green centered

01/27/2009, 09:05 PM
Just for fun here's a pic of my Wellsi, seems to have a nice coloration compared to many I've seen and I got it as part of a frag pack pretty cheap. This was taken a while back, it has a bunch of baby polyps now :D


01/27/2009, 09:17 PM
Australian purple Blastomussa coral

This coral is on https://www.liveaquaria.com/diversden/ItemDisplay.cfm?c=2733+8&ddid=54777

01/27/2009, 09:19 PM
put that blastro on the bottom of your tank with little flow ,it will snap back into shape quickly . they don't appreciate high light or flow , you have it in the wrong place ,if its a wellsi some times you will even have to find a partially shaded area to put it in .

01/27/2009, 09:22 PM
it says moderate lighting low flow on the care instructions of that coral that you bought if thats the one posted on liveaquaria .

01/27/2009, 09:28 PM
I understand this now as far as what it says. I just found that sight a few hours ago. When I bought it, I did not know what it was I was buying. This is why I brought this question to you guys, in hopes that someone has one and knew where to put it. When I get home I will try to move it down. Thanks for all the help. It sucks sometimes, for I've been doing reef tanks for two years and still feel like a beginner (Although I am compared to most of you guys out there.) I'll get there. Thanks for the help.