View Full Version : Organ Pipe Coral

01/24/2010, 03:52 PM
Does anybody know of a coral named organ pipe? I've only seen it in marine reserves in the Florida Keyes and now in St. Barts. So far, I've respected the reserves, but I'd like to find a flag.

It's sort of a yellowish green with millions little arms that are extended 24x7 which is somewhat unusual.

It's apparently very sensitive as many of organ pipes were broken off, but it was slowly regrowing where I've seen it.

Sorry, no pics. My bad. I'll get them next time. ;-)

01/24/2010, 04:20 PM
Not sure if it is what you are talking about, but the normal organ pipe Tubipora musica is available from time to time in the trade. Looks like clove polyps, but has a proper tube shaped skeleton.

01/24/2010, 05:24 PM
is this what you are looking for?


I recently ordered one from them and really like it...

01/24/2010, 06:18 PM
Like this?


I have one the size of a football =]

Very nice coral especially if you get a bright one.

01/24/2010, 09:46 PM
this is my organ pipe...


01/25/2010, 02:13 AM
Looks like a flower. :)

01/25/2010, 08:19 PM
Ya, the wife loves her flowers.

This is a picture from a while back showing the entire colony. It's a slow grower but I'm getting ready to split it and put half into the new cube.


01/27/2010, 02:07 PM
I purchased a frag of it with white extensions like the pictures above.
What is everyone's experience with it's spreading? I have tons of tiny light brown extensions spreading from the frag but I'm not sure if this is normal. If it is reproducing, how long does it usually take before they develop the red skeletons?

Any comments would be appreciated.


01/30/2010, 01:46 PM
That colony is 3-4" and I would estimate new growth at 10-15 new heads a month. Seems to take forever to gain any size...

01/30/2010, 02:48 PM
Here's mine.

01/30/2010, 07:13 PM
Dang thats a pretty one yammie !

01/31/2010, 07:35 AM
Thanks. It has a bright green tint to it. I caught an asterina star munching on it the other day.

02/10/2010, 11:59 AM
hello folks,

are those photosyncthetic (sp?)?

do you have to feed them?

i have a regulat one that is not bright green, it's doing great and grow fast but i am looking for white ones like those pictured here on this thread.

Please give us as much tips as possible so i can try to get one and make it happy?


i want this one:

and this one:

02/10/2010, 12:07 PM
I've had mine about a year - about the size of a softball now. I don't feed it at all. I have it in medium flow - it whips around some and seems to love it. It was the size of a baseball when i got it.

02/10/2010, 12:28 PM

which kind do you have? the regular green one or one of the 2 above?

Seems like yours is a slow grower?

02/10/2010, 12:33 PM
White ones. The ones in the green remind me of clove polyps I've seen at a LFS:


I'd say mine is about 30% - 50% larger after a year, so It's not the fastest grower i've seen.

02/10/2010, 01:09 PM
I guess mine are the white ones. They are not green like the ones above.

Gary Majchrzak
02/10/2010, 01:16 PM
Does anybody know of a coral named organ pipe?

research Tubipora musica

02/10/2010, 03:28 PM
I believe Tubipora musica is an Indo-Pacific species so you shouldn't be seeing it in the Florida Keys or St. Bart's.

02/10/2010, 09:06 PM
I don't target feed mine either. It is in a low light medium flow spot, though I don't think it grew any faster when it was in higher lighting.