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coral ID   6/30/10
Dear crew,
I got so many good tips from you and your site. Every morning I print a few pages, and then during my lunch brake
I read them.
I'm planning to get this coral. It has ID as Blastomussa. However, one guy from the shop told me , that he has the same kind and keeps it on a top of his LR with SPS, and it is doing good. Please help to identify it for a proper care.
Thank you so much.
Best regards,
<A Mussid in any case. Read here: http://wetwebmedia.com/mussidae.htm
and the linked files above.

Re: coral ID... Mussid sys.    7/1/10
Thank you Bob very much for a fast response.
I guess a light requirement for both , Acan and Blasto is similar, right?
Best wishes,
<I do think so. BobF>

Micromussa/Coral ID 3/2/10
Hi there,
<Hello Mark>
Shamelessly abusing your generous service yet again! Thanks!
I bought an established tank to pillage the corals and equipment and received a piece I was hoping you could help ID. I was told it was a Blasto, I think it is a Micromussa, have been told on forums it is an Acan.
Your thoughts on the matter would be appreciated and also if you dont mind giving me an idea of the 'grade' of this particular piece you would be helping me out greatly. There is a bit of algae I need to get cleaned off and it could use some love but otherwise it is a nice looking coral.
<My best guess is what you were told, a Blasto. Both the Blastomussa and Acanthastrea are from the same family, Mussidae, which contain many species. I do not believe you have a Micromussa as these corals are quite rare and command prices of 150.00 and upward for a small frag. To accurately identify your specie would take more time than we have to do so.
I suggest getting a book dedicated to corals such as Borneman's works.>
Thanks again,
<You're welcome. James (Salty Dog)>

Unidentifiable Coral -- 11/09/2009
<... why don't folks follow directions when asking our help? Why are you sending 16 megs of pix? Ho buoy!>
I have asked the owner, I have asked ReefCentral, and I have asked TheReefTank.com, and I have yet to get a straight answer.
<Mmm... what's the question?>
I have this beautiful coral which I believe is LPS, but could POSSIBLY be SPS.
<An artificial designation... of limited value>
I have a couple of different pictures of it.
The first is of the coral about 1 hour after it was first put in the tank.
The second picture is of it when it's completely and fully extended.
The third picture is another picture of the coral when it's completely and fully extended, but you can also see the corals calcium skeleton, I think that may help some?
The last picture is of it at night (lights out).
The best answers I have gotten are Tongue Coral and Encrusting Hydnophora.
<? I don't think so>
But it's still a small specimen and very hard to tell what it is.
It's about the size of a half dollar coin and is a lightish pink color.
Please and thank you!
<Looks to be some species of Symphyllia... a Mussid. Bob Fenner>

Re: Unidentifiable Coral -- 11/09/2009
I apologize about the pic size!
I guess I forgot about that rule.
<Heeeee! We're fresh out of disk space!>
But do you have a good comparison picture?
<Mmm, I'll look>
I searched for Mussids and Symphyllia on Google images and got nothing that looked like it.
<Mmm, no... just looked... All mine are large specimens, during the day, with flesh retracted. BobF>

Coral identification  3/14/09
Hi Crew.
<Hi there.>
Thanks for all you do.
<On behalf of Bob and the crew you're welcome.>
I purchased this frag at a swap, and was told it was an Acanthastrea, but no further information.
Can you verify whether this is an Acan, and give me any idea which sub species it belongs to?
<Mmm, It could be a Acan, but I'm at a reef conference and the general consensus here it that it looks like a Blasto. Unfortunately these corals can be difficult if not impossible to identify without analyzing the
skeleton. More here:
Also, it is currently near the top of my tank under 2 150 watt metal halides. It seems to be doing OK, but would you recommend lower lighting?
<Yes to acclimate.>

Re: Coral identification  3/18/09
Thanks. Acan and Blasto care is the same right?
<Generally yes, Though Acans may tolerate more light than Blastos as Acans can be found in shallower waters. Blastomussa have moderate lighting requirements and will eat finely chopped meaty bits, they are generally found in turbid waters and usually don't like a lot of flow. More here:
Thanks. Acan and Blasto care is the same right?
<See the last email.>
(But don't the "teeth" look more Acan?)
<Is possible.

Australian Coral Identification  9/17/08 Good Afternoon! Great website, has helped me plenty to advance in the excellent hobby of reefkeeping. Just a quick question this time. I am starting to get into the Australian corals now in the market. I try my best to avoid corals harvested illegally (I hear many are being harvested off the coast of Japan) and I am trying to better educate myself. How can you tell the difference between Lord Acans, Micromussas and Blastomussa? <Mmm, most of these Mussids can be distinguished from gross examination... do you have J.E.N. Veron's in-print works on Scleractinians? These are the paramount guides for ID here. Otherwise, free on-line work can be found by our own Sara Mavinkurve (Asira.com) and Jake Adams (Coralidea.com)> I bought frags off a local reefer and cannot identify them. Would pictures help? <Oh yes> Are there any characteristics that can be used to identify them? <... yes> From what I hear, Micromussas are just a smaller version (8mm or less) of Lord Acans. Any help is greatly appreciated! <Do see the ref.s above. Bob Fenner>

Acanthastrea ID 05/09/08 Can you help me ID this? I'm thinking about getting a frag. It's identified as Acanthastrea Maxima. I understand this type of coral is mis-identified with some regularity. <It's certainly not easy to ID a coral down to a species without a close look at the dead skeleton... sorry.> What do you think? <Personally, I don't think it's A. maxima. But again, it's hard to say and I could certainly be wrong. This might help: http://www2.aims.gov.au/coralsearch/html/901-1000/Species%20pages/911.htm> Thanks for the help and for the rest of the info here on this amazing site. <De nada,
Sara M.>

Is this a Favia or Mussa?  Mussid... ID, fdg., sys.... using WWM     2/19/08 Howdy! Great site! I've been back and forth with folks over the last month or so, and at various times was sure the piece of coral I had was a Blastomussa, and at others that it was a Favia. Now I'm not certain, so I figured I'd check with the experts. <Mmmm> Here is a picture of the coral just after I first put it in the tank: I have tried feeding it Cyclop-Eeze when the polyps (that's what I call them, not sure if that's what they are) are open. When they are open, they almost look like little red crowns with fingery things with tiny balls on top, almost like a king's crown. It's really difficult to say whether they eat the shrimp or not. The bits that end up in the crevices between the polyps tend to decay. In the above photo you can see in the bottom-left crevice a bit of rotting CP. On at least two occasions, I have seen that area get overgrown with a white gooey film that eventually releases and floats in the water column, attached by a thread or two to the area between the polyps (or so it seems). It eventually goes away. Below is a most recent photo. It looks like it has some red slime algae on it: <Not good...> I have had it for approximately one month. I am eager figure out what exactly this piece of coral is. <Looks like a Blastomussa to me> It does not appear as though it has grown at all. I'm not even sure if it will? I'm not sure what to feed it, what flow to use, or what light it needs. At the moment it is in moderate flow (2 power heads in a 10g tank, one of them using the Hydor wavemaker Flo attachment), halfway up the tank (65W 50/50 PC), <Too puny...> and as mentioned, I have tried direct feeding Cyclop-Eeze. <...> I also feed the tank phyto, <.....> so it may pick some of that up from swirling around. Any ideas would be most welcome. Thanks! Mike. <Please read here: http://wetwebmedia.com/mussidae.htm The linked files above... On Mussid Feeding, Systems... Bob Fenner>

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