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Hope_L
08/11/2015, 02:14 AM
Ok so I am brand new to the hobby, this is my first post! I recently purchased this coral from my LFS, I thought I was getting a sun coral, which I know most people don't recommend for beginners. Anyway, I don't think that's what this is. I have been target feeding and after a few days it has opened up quite a bit. I don't think it is a dendro because it only opens in the evening for the most part. I don't think it is a sun coral because the tentacles are translucent with white specs. I'm thinking possibly Balanophyllia?? I'm posting two pictures one with it mostly open and the other with it mostly closed, please excuse the crappy cell phone quality. Any help with IDing this would be appreciated! Thank you!

Canadian Reefer
08/11/2015, 02:39 AM
Your pics didn't come through. And welcome to the forum and reef keeping

Hope_L
08/11/2015, 09:26 AM
Thanks!
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Hope_L
08/11/2015, 09:28 AM
Thank you!!!
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Sensor11
08/11/2015, 05:12 PM
Hi Hope -- Welcome to the forum! From your description, I'm thinking you might have what I have -- a hidden cup coral. The translucent tentacles with tiny white spots along with white dots on the ends of them. I had to ask about mine back last winter and that's what I have. It took me awhile to figure out how to downloads pics, though.. too bad there's not an easier way..
Keep reading on Reef Central -- there's loads of useful information on it from experienced folks!

Hope_L
08/11/2015, 06:10 PM
Hi Hope -- Welcome to the forum! From your description, I'm thinking you might have what I have -- a hidden cup coral. The translucent tentacles with tiny white spots along with white dots on the ends of them. I had to ask about mine back last winter and that's what I have. It took me awhile to figure out how to downloads pics, though.. too bad there's not an easier way..
Keep reading on Reef Central -- there's loads of useful information on it from experienced folks!

Mine don't have white dots on the tips of the tentacles it's more like the inside of the tenacles are composed of tiny white dots, I wish I could get a better picture of it, I may try again tonight when it opens up. Thank you for the reply though!!!

Hope_L
08/11/2015, 10:21 PM
On second thought maybe they do have white tips! Here is a better picture maybe it is a hidden cup coral! Thanks sensor11
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Tweaked
08/12/2015, 09:46 AM
I would post over in the NPS section where the gurus can help.

Hope_L
08/12/2015, 09:58 AM
I would post over in the NPS section where the gurus can help.

Thanks! I did that yesterday when I discovered that forum, I originally had this posted in the new to the hobby section and admin moved it here so I just went with it. I'm just not getting a lot of feedback.

Tweaked
08/13/2015, 07:41 AM
Yep correctly ID'd as a fathead dendro. I love my fatheads. I would recommend constant flow which encourages them to stay open more and have a better chance at eating what is passing over them. Light is not needed.

Hope_L
08/13/2015, 09:06 AM
Yep correctly ID'd as a fathead dendro. I love my fatheads. I would recommend constant flow which encourages them to stay open more and have a better chance at eating what is passing over them. Light is not needed.


Thank you so much! It seems to be pretty happy. I fed it during the day yesterday and it stayed open for a long time. I have it in a little cave but it actually gets a decent amount of flow I think. I don't have much in my tank but this has definitely become my favorite!
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