View Full Version : Gorgonian ID?

05/20/2015, 10:26 AM
I believe this is a Diodogorgia Nodulifera. Is this an accurate assumption?

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h182/easterly81/20150323_114810_zpsl8wb3qsj.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/easterly81/media/20150323_114810_zpsl8wb3qsj.jpg.html)
This I my piece

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h182/easterly81/2011-03-12222547_zpsdl2triie.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/easterly81/media/2011-03-12222547_zpsdl2triie.jpg.html)
here is a photo I have found of a larger specimen.

05/21/2015, 11:41 AM
Menella sp.

05/21/2015, 12:04 PM
Thank you I really appreciate it. I have a blue berry gorgonia and sun corals in this tank which are growing and doing great this menella has not grown. I feed it daily and it has good polyp extension but the top is slowly dying. I known the menella is nps but does it require some light? My tanks is pretty dim. I read this coral grow from the tips. Being that the tips are damage is it not recoverable. This piece has a good amount of glue around the base which covers some of the flesh. I read that glue of the flesh is also bad. Would it be worth cutting and gluing. I don't really want to stress it out anymore but I was wondering with this could be what is wrong. I was wonder what i should do. I have had this frag for 1.5 months thanks

05/21/2015, 01:12 PM
Sorry I started a new thread and now I cannot delete
thanks for your help.

05/22/2015, 11:58 AM
Yes. The best way to glue a gorg is to peel the flesh off the skeleton where it has to be glued (with a neat cutting) and then glue this part of the skeleton. If not tissue can rotten and infext the colony.
I experienced that most nps react better if they have a daytime, but don't require light to thrive. Menella are strong, if you find the problem ( may not totally well fed or some algae, being the tip the closest point to the light) and give it proper car it will recover and start growing after.


05/22/2015, 12:21 PM
If the top is removed will it still grow? Both tips and showing the skeleton.

05/22/2015, 12:28 PM
Yea the growth is similar to the softies such as GSP and zoanthus but for growing it secret a structure to get erected in the water column they not only grow from the tip, new branches develop from different parts and the can grow to cover the base attached to the rock. If you cut that part the can cover the tip again and continue expanding the branch.
What are you feeding it? And how long did you had it? They normally are starving in shops...

05/22/2015, 12:32 PM
1.5 months 1 to 2 times a day rodifers, dt live phytoplankton and oyster eggs

Any other recommendations on food

06/20/2015, 12:52 PM
Gorgonia ID ? Echinogorgonia or pseudogorgonia or something else ?
Thank you.
http://s12.postimg.org/d4bbx6jzt/DSC0010.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/d4bbx6jzt/)

06/26/2015, 04:55 PM
do you know where it come from? Also - can you take a picture of the coral with the polyps retracted. enchinogorgia has very prominent "bumps" on the skin.

there are over 20 species of echinogorgia and I don't know any of them to be purple with white polyps (could be though).

No such thing as a pseudogorgonia - there is one species of pseudogorgia - don't think this is it.

06/26/2015, 05:10 PM
1.5 months 1 to 2 times a day rodifers, dt live phytoplankton and oyster eggs

Any other recommendations on food

Rotifer and oyster eggs are fine. If you can hatch baby brine even better. Don't think you need the phyto.

I would worry more about the blueberry seafan you have in the background.

06/28/2015, 09:07 AM
Hi, it came from Indonesian import, when polyps are retracted it has red-brown skin and polyps are more pink colored than white. It could be Menella sp. maybe ?
http://s11.postimg.org/7ifhxv0dv/DSC0017.jpg (http://postimage.org/)