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Old 04/09/2011, 01:01 PM   #51
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There's a trick that you can do to get the corals to open and stay that way for longer periods during the day. When you first get the corals, they are only used to night feeding. Put a small amount of food in the tank for your fish during your dusk light dimming mode. The frozen carnivore version of the ocean nutrition foods worked well for me. The corals will smell the food and open up (as already noted in the tupperware method). If you are thawing the frozen cubes in water, then using a turkey baster or similar feeding device, you can spray the leftover thawing water near the corals since it also has the smell from the frozen food. After a little while (10-30 minutes), target feed the coral. Slowly over time (months) feed the fish a bit earlier each day (a few minutes) with small amounts of food and vary the target feeding time on the coral (feed some heads a little while after feeding the fish and others awhile later, but don't be consistent on which ones get feed early. Mix it up.). After several months of doing this, I was able to get the corals to open about five hours earlier than my normal dusk lighting period and the corals would stay open the whole evening (I usually didn't get home from work until 6:00 and the lights are on until 11:30). Once the corals get used to being feed early they seemed to consistently open early and stay open even without target feeding them directly after feeding the fish. If you have fish that require more frequent feedings (like anthias), then this process is much easier since you would normally feed frequent, small amounts to the tank anyway. Anyway, this always worked well for me.


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Old 04/21/2011, 11:12 PM   #52
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Thanks for the sticky! This gives me new hope that I might see my sun coral during the day. I'm going to work on transitioning it over.

Is there a "best" food choice for sun corals? I feed mysis, cyclopeeze, and rods all which my sun coral seems to like. I also have some phytoplankton (DTs and Marine Snow) and I'm wondering if they would benefit from target feedings of phytoplankton?


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Old 04/22/2011, 03:46 PM   #53
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What's the largest piece of meat you can feed to most LPS and specifically sun coral? Is a whole silverside too big?


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Old 10/02/2011, 09:59 AM   #54
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Great shots pan!

Out of curiosity, how long did it take for the dye to come out?

Great job on the recovery of that coral too.
Hey, just wanted to say thank you for starting this thread. I have a dendro that wasn't opening up... In fact, it hadn't opened in FOUR days! I tried everything you said and guess what??? ... IT WORKED!!!! I wasn't feeding it correctly and my parameters were a little off. I adjusted the parameters and put it in a Tupperware and put a cube of mysis in with it... 25 minutes later it was opened up! I checked after 15 minutes but it wasn't enough time in my case... but 10 minutes after that we had an open, hungry dendro!


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Old 01/24/2012, 11:13 PM   #55
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thank you everyone for sharing your knowledge. I read up on here and other sources and finally purchased my first dendros.


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Old 02/23/2012, 10:34 AM   #56
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My GF recently brought home a dendro for me from the lfs and it doesn't look so good and after reading this i realized i have been neglecting it's needs. So just a few questions.

When doing the tupperware method should it been done at night or in the dark or does it matter?

And if i post a picture would someone be able to tell if it is still savable or if its gone for good?


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Old 03/28/2012, 02:05 AM   #57
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I read on LiveAquaria that all of the tubastrea sp. need to be handled from the bottom. Is this true? Why?


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Old 03/28/2012, 06:26 AM   #58
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I've held them from the polyp area (retracted) when I had to get a small frag into a crack in the rock. I think the concern is probably tearing the flesh with the skeleton underneath it. As long as you are gentle I don't think there is any real differences with other LPS corals. Just like you wouldn't pick up a frogspawn by one of its tentacles.


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Old 02/05/2013, 12:42 AM   #59
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I just picked up and orange piece. Can i dip it In coralRx or Bayer? I don't have any revive. Thanks.


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Old 02/05/2013, 12:56 AM   #60
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This is it.



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Old 03/02/2013, 10:55 AM   #61
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I hope this one lived. And the blue one from several post up, too.

Someone should make a specialized desktop dendro/sun nano tank (not for fish), with specialized gyre flow and high continuous feeding capability, so I don't have to build my own


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Old 03/02/2013, 07:24 PM   #62
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I just picked up and orange piece. Can i dip it In coralRx or Bayer? I don't have any revive. Thanks.
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Someone should make a specialized desktop dendro/sun nano tank
Not quite desktop, but nano...




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Old 03/03/2013, 11:09 AM   #63
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Yep that's perfect for kicking up as many food particles as possible from the bottom and circulating them around. Nice dramatic effect too with the dark bottom.


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Old 03/04/2013, 12:46 PM   #64
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What about gorgonians?


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Old 04/09/2013, 09:16 AM   #65
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Wow

Awesome thread and pic. Thanks or all the info.


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Old 05/03/2013, 08:22 AM   #66
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great thread. I have a sun coral, i think its a dendro, i notice that when its hungry their tentacles are extended and thin, but after eating their tentacles became short and stubby or fat. does it mean it doesnt want to eat already?


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Old 05/29/2013, 05:29 PM   #67
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What about them? This thread is not regarding Gorgonians of any kind...
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i notice that when its hungry their tentacles are extended and thin, but after eating their tentacles became short and stubby or fat. does it mean it doesnt want to eat already?
Not necessarily. Could be "full", could be being picked at by something, etc. Keep an eye on it and stay on top of feeding.


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Old 11/22/2013, 09:26 PM   #68
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Anyone know if a rotating feeder could be used to feed LPS sized foods?


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Old 11/27/2013, 02:51 PM   #69
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thank you for the tutorial, my dendros need some help


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Old 12/04/2013, 07:11 PM   #70
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Anyone know if a rotating feeder could be used to feed LPS sized foods?
I've used an Eheim auto feeder that dumped into a feeding ring, which allowed the food to sink as opposed to float. If you have a slow return feed most of the food will be eaten by corals prior to heading into drain.


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Old 04/25/2014, 03:32 AM   #71
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Is there anything else beyond Tubastreas that are Large Polyp NPS ?

I was hoping to find a list in the thread :P


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Old 04/29/2014, 12:25 AM   #72
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Sure, balanophyllia, dendrophyllia, cladopsammia, rhizotrochus.


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Old 05/13/2014, 02:42 PM   #73
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I feed it every other day


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Old 06/26/2014, 03:42 PM   #74
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What about diseases, bacteria and or pest, what are their respective precursor to look for?


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Old 07/01/2014, 12:09 PM   #75
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What about diseases, bacteria and or pest, what are their respective precursor to look for?
As with any coral these are a real threat to NPC as well. I recommend dipping (I mainly use Revive and Prazipro), scrubbing base with toothbrush, followed by QT for inspection. There are predators that feed exclusively on various NPC. Ultimate Reef dot net has some pictures in a Tubastrea specific thread you can search for (cannot link it here).

As with some LPS there are also little tiny crabs that can hitch hike on the coral. I've seen them hide within the mouth of various LP NPC which will irritate the heck out of them and likely cause death over time. Most dips will drive the crabs out, or kill them.


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