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laga77
11/07/2015, 01:57 PM
Picked up a 1.5 inch frag of a Branching Black Sun Coral at an aquarium show in Chicago today. They had a larger colony of this type but I went with the small frag because I like to grow them out. The colony had long branches like the Sun Coral in the background and was not clumped like most Black Sun Corals. Now the fun part starts, trying to get it to open up.

BarryV
11/07/2015, 02:24 PM
Nice fined laga77. Keep us updated with pics when it opens.
Thanks for sharing.
Barry

rt67ghy
11/08/2015, 07:55 AM
I assume it's a tubastrea micrantha. Looking forward to seeing all the tentacles out.

laga77
11/08/2015, 10:37 AM
No tentacles yet, but the polyps are full and somewhat extended. Will feed it live BBS and white worms tonight.

mark54321
11/08/2015, 03:58 PM
Sweet, I saw those at the show too, but forgot to get them. Got few other pieces for my NPS tank. Looking forward to see yours fully come out.

laga77
11/10/2015, 06:49 PM
Did not take long to open up. Last night had 5 heads open and all of them took in black worms. I think I got a keeper.

BarryV
11/10/2015, 07:11 PM
Looking Good laga77 thanks for sharing.
Barry

Qckwzrd
11/11/2015, 09:33 PM
Nice! I purchased a three headed frag a few weeks ago. It went from black to tan. After a week or so it got it's color back and started to open and eat.

Hermannsae
11/25/2015, 02:53 PM
Oh boy, I had a black sun with 30+ heads and nobody wanted to have it. Finally I sold it for $20. They are beautiful animals. I had no problem feeding them. They took everything I offered. From my experience it helps if they are located in a light current. You can even train them, so they stay open during day hours.

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o588/hsae/image.jpg1_zpsl5m59exq.jpg

laga77
11/26/2015, 07:47 AM
Oh boy, I had a black sun with 30+ heads and nobody wanted to have it. Finally I sold it for $20. They are beautiful animals. I had no problem feeding them. They took everything I offered. From my experience it helps if they are located in a light current. You can even train them, so they stay open during day hours.

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o588/hsae/image.jpg1_zpsl5m59exq.jpg

Simply beautiful!

Qckwzrd
11/26/2015, 09:35 AM
Wow! And is an amazing looking coral, would have give you at least $25 for it j/k

homer1475
12/01/2015, 03:46 PM
Oh boy, I had a black sun with 30+ heads and nobody wanted to have it. Finally I sold it for $20. They are beautiful animals. I had no problem feeding them. They took everything I offered. From my experience it helps if they are located in a light current. You can even train them, so they stay open during day hours.

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o588/hsae/image.jpg1_zpsl5m59exq.jpg

Simply amazing NPS, but not sure I would call that species black? Mine is pure black and branching like Laga's. Thanks for sharing either way.

Saxman7
12/23/2015, 04:40 PM
Oh boy, I had a black sun with 30+ heads and nobody wanted to have it. Finally I sold it for $20. They are beautiful animals. I had no problem feeding them. They took everything I offered. From my experience it helps if they are located in a light current. You can even train them, so they stay open during day hours.

http://i1149.photobucket.com/albums/o588/hsae/image.jpg1_zpsl5m59exq.jpg

i'm Loving the PE your suns are getting, I finally was able to get some Micrantha my home tank. How did you mount/make the structure they are on in the tank??

Hermannsae
12/26/2015, 08:08 PM
In the display tank I had them glued to an overhanging rock.
This picture shows them in the refugium, I simply had them with cable ties on a stick which was laying on top of the tank. The whole colony was swaying in the current. Apparently they liked that!

Saxman7
12/29/2015, 12:38 PM
In the display tank I had them glued to an overhanging rock.
This picture shows them in the refugium, I simply had them with cable ties on a stick which was laying on top of the tank. The whole colony was swaying in the current. Apparently they liked that!

That's Awesome! I'm gonna try this soon it seems like they love it too. I have a cool Idea I came up with from seeing what you did. it will be in my next build thread ;)

Saxman7
01/02/2016, 11:23 PM
Didn't get to post this earlier but here were mine after a couple days and working on them for 2 nights. In comparison to my other suns the heads on these are huge, like the size of blanos.

Hermannsae
01/30/2016, 11:49 AM
Looking good and good luck with them!

Member No. 1
03/19/2016, 04:02 PM
Tagging along, I have had great success with a orange sun coral my LFS was trying to kill. It's doing nicely now, new heads coming in. So I figured I'd give a black one a shot.
Picked this up yesterday, $40 not bad I thought. Hope to get it feeding in the next few days.

http://i1039.photobucket.com/albums/a480/Member_No_1/80%20Gallon%20Reef/image_zpsomgo4i1f.jpeg

Member No. 1
03/20/2016, 09:05 PM
An update.
Have had this for two days, was able to get a few heads to take food. They swelled up pretty good. I'll continue to feed daily until they all open and then cut back to 2-3 times a week.

http://i1039.photobucket.com/albums/a480/Member_No_1/80%20Gallon%20Reef/image_zpskep6tlce.jpeg

rt67ghy
03/21/2016, 11:51 AM
If you can try to feed it every alternate day for good growth.

Member No. 1
03/21/2016, 07:50 PM
If you can try to feed it every alternate day for good growth.

Thanks for the heads up.
I did feed again tonight, was able to coax out a few more heads.
Typically before I buy anything I research the crap out of it. I even go so far as downloading the manual and read it cover to cover before I buy. I did this with my first orange sun coral. I brought it back from death. It was a LFS rescue. So with that success, I figured I would try a black sun coral. I figured pretty much the same care. Well after a lot more research, I find that the black sun corals are more demanding for both flow and food. So for the time being, this one will get fed daily until I see the tissue starting to regrow, then I'll cut back to feeding every 2-3 days.

rt67ghy
03/22/2016, 01:46 AM
Thanks for the heads up.

No problem. This is my black sun which I got back in August when it was a skeleton on a piece of live rock which had six other sun corals on it (including one which I suspect to be a balanophyllia and another a tubastraea floreana).

http://imgur.com/ba8sH9N

I nursed it back to health along with the others and now it has 11 heads. It's a great feeling to be able to watch them recover and flourish. Like yours mine is black with no signs of green so I'd love to find a green one to add to my tank.

Member No. 1
03/22/2016, 03:47 AM
Looks great!
My LFS also had a yellow one. If the black one pulls thru, then I'll be on the lookout for a yellow.

Member No. 1
03/22/2016, 08:26 PM
Looks pretty happy so far!
Not bad for $40 bucks!
Hope the tissue regrows over the exposed skeleton.

http://i1039.photobucket.com/albums/a480/Member_No_1/IMG_4164_zps5ikyfndd.jpg

rt67ghy
03/23/2016, 02:06 AM
Not bad for $40! That has opened up nicely. The tissue will grow back over the skeleton and spread on to the frag tile.
On another note, when you get the orange 'black' sun please post pics. I think those are less common than the black/brown type but more attractive.

Member No. 1
04/02/2016, 12:10 PM
Not bad for $40! That has opened up nicely. The tissue will grow back over the skeleton and spread on to the frag tile.
On another note, when you get the orange 'black' sun please post pics. I think those are less common than the black/brown type but more attractive.

Just picked up a nice Green Sun Coral! This completes my collection.
Now have this green, along with an orange, yellow and black.
Looking forward to see it open.

http://i1039.photobucket.com/albums/a480/Member_No_1/80%20Gallon%20Reef/80G%20Reef%2002-Apr-16-001_zpsfx0u5oar.jpg

http://i1039.photobucket.com/albums/a480/Member_No_1/80%20Gallon%20Reef/80G%20Reef%2002-Apr-16-002_zps5vv0oskl.jpg

BarryV
04/02/2016, 05:29 PM
[QUOTE=Member No. 1;24441462]Just picked up a nice Green Sun Coral! This completes my collection.
Now have this green, along with an orange, yellow and black.
Looking forward to see it open.

Very nice Sun Coral. Sure would love to see a photo of them open.
Thanks for sharing,
Barry

rt67ghy
04/04/2016, 12:22 PM
Wow! That's very beautiful. I wonder how it'll look open. Thanks for sharing.

Hermannsae
04/14/2016, 06:07 PM
Very cool! They are amazing animals!!
Please post a picture when they are open.

vashawn
04/20/2016, 12:01 PM
wow thats nice! i always see then around my way but was 50/50 on getting em.
next time i come across one ill try my luck

Rotorocious
04/21/2016, 08:47 AM
awesome, i got a deal on mine, trading it for a piece of xenia which grew back in a few weeks.
The green one is amazing, never seen that. great camera work as well!