View Full Version : Not Goniopora. alveopora, porites or what?

06/06/2015, 02:39 PM
This was sold to me as encrusting flowerpot coral.
Pretty sure it's not encrusting goniopora. 12 tentacles per polyp, never much extension, and pretty small polyp size.

Please help ID and let me know how impossible to keep alive.

This is about maximum extension I've ever seen.


And a shot of the skeleton on a bare spothttp://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/06/47bb44d58bc65c9fb3aa7fc739ac814b.jpg

For scale the mounting disk is probably 2.5 to 3 inches.

06/07/2015, 04:25 AM
You answered your own id lol. Twice.

Goni has 24 petals per polyp, alveo has 12.

06/07/2015, 07:46 AM
I suppose so. I guess it's the short polyps that bug me. The discussions I've seen on here about alveopora all seem to be about long polyped varieties.

06/07/2015, 08:03 AM
It most certainly can be with better health. I have one exactly like this that starts short in the morning and really extends in the day.

06/07/2015, 10:49 AM
Thanks for replies. Yesterday, I took it down to sand level to get it to less intense light (the old spot got a little morning direct sun) and less flow.
Higher nutrient buildup there which some suggest is better for these guys.
I'm hoping that might encourage polyp extension?
I'm going to collect some sources I've been looking at on care for these guys. I haven't found very many, and what I've found is conflicting about some basic stuff like whether it needs to be fed or not. Help definitely appreciated.

06/07/2015, 06:04 PM
+1 on alveopora having 12 tentacles. Yes, usually longer polyp extension, but maybe it isn't happy yet

06/08/2015, 09:54 PM
I tinkered with some lenses I have laying around, and attached them to my phone and got some interesting close-ups.
The purpose is to attempt to record and verify actual feeding behavior for the alveopora. No luck on that part yet. Attempting phytoplex and chromoplex.

But here are a couple of shots. The width across the entire picture (short dimension) is right at 3mm.


06/09/2015, 07:43 AM
wow, now that's a close up. :eek2: