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homer1475
04/24/2015, 08:55 AM
So I posted this in the newbie section(obviously I'm a newbie :D), but seeing other gorgonians posted here I thought this would be the right place.

Purchased this yesterday as the LFS said it was easy to keep, and the wife said it was the prettiest thing she's seen. I know its a gorgonian, but not sure if its a photosynthetic kind or needs to be fed? I'm assuming its photosynthetic since it's brown, but definitely not sure.

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k23/homer1475/IMG_20150424_073433_hdr.jpg (http://s84.photobucket.com/user/homer1475/media/IMG_20150424_073433_hdr.jpg.html)

Mazzy
04/24/2015, 12:30 PM
I don't know much about Gorgs so someone else will have to weigh in here, but it looks like possibly a softie of some kind rather than a gorg. Doesn't look like a gorg whether it's a softie or not. But I'd say something like a Kenya tree. I'm terrible at ID though so someone else will probably truly know where I'm just guessing.

homer1475
04/24/2015, 12:53 PM
Shred5 gave me an ID in my newbie thread(Plexaura flexousa). After googling the name, the mother colony looks exactly like it. Definitely a gorg, photosynthetic gorg too! :D

I just didn't ask enough question before bringing it home. I asked the usual, light, flow, how and where to glue it in my tank, just not exactly what it was or how to feed it.

Thanks for the response though. :thumbsup:

noy
04/24/2015, 04:42 PM
briareum sp. probably asbestinum

definitely not a plexaura.

photosynthetic but could use supplementary feedings

homer1475
04/25/2015, 04:48 AM
briareum sp. probably asbestinum

definitely not a plexaura.

photosynthetic but could use supplementary feedings


Yes, shred5 thought it was briareum too, but after posting pics of it closed up, that's when he gave me the plexaura ID.

http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k23/homer1475/IMG_20150424_164723.jpg (http://s84.photobucket.com/user/homer1475/media/IMG_20150424_164723.jpg.html)

It's a better shot with it fully closed. Either way its definitely not an NPS. Sorry for posting in the wrong section. :D

noy
04/25/2015, 08:09 AM
those polyps are not that of plexaura. Also, while plexaura has a knobby texture - its nowhere near what you have in that photo (imo).

homer1475
04/25/2015, 08:18 AM
Any idea what it is then?

noy
04/25/2015, 10:07 AM
like I said - briarieum (imo) and if I were guess at a species its briareum asbestinum

the colouration matches and the polyp shape matches.
they have different growth forms - they can form rods like you have or encrust onto rockwork or even onto other corals.