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Brain ID 9/12/13
I have written many times for input on my reef aquarium. Today I need
some help identifying this coral that came growing on a seven pound live
rock that I purchased yesterday. I believe it to be a maze brain.
It is between the Percula clown and Heraldi angel in the photo. It is a
beauty and firmly attached to the rock. Should I attempt to break it
loose in order to place on the sand?
<No; lives on rock... >
I really lucked out with this hitchhiker. Thanks for all you do.
<Let's have you search through Mussids, Mycetophyllia starting here:
full size pic.
|Re: Brain ID
So right again! Looks like the Ridged Cactus Coral. Thanks so much.
<Ah, cheers, BobF>
|which LPS is this?
I got this fist sized coral [photo attached] about a week ago.
It looks like a maze coral but when I read-up from the Aquarium corals book
[by Anthony Calfo I think], there are 3-4 varieties that look almost same.
Would you be able to suggest at least an educated guesstimate for this
<A Mussid of some sort, perhaps a Lobophyllia species:
Also, the picture shows a whole fish being ingested by the coral while the
cleaner shrimp seems to be grabbing a free meal.
The fish is a 2.5” small orange spot goby who was just one day old in the
Is this very common? Would the coral have eaten the whole fish?
Are the sweeper tentacles out so much due to being in high flow area [photo
<Could be other stimulus... read the linked files above where you've been
I tried feeding this coral 2 nights ago using Cyclop Eeze
<http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=cyclop+eeze&spell=1> using a syringe.
The cleaner shrimps come rushing and get all over the coral. Would the coral
get anything in its sweeper tentacles or do I need a feeding hat to keep the
shrimps out while I feed this coral?
<... keep reading. Bob Fenner>
Hello, I am having a little issue identifying this LPS I got 3 days ago.
The previous owner insists that he got it from a reputable online site
(he never said which one which makes me wonder) and is trying to
convince me that it is called an "Aussie Neon center Lobo". From all of
the pictures I have seen of Lobos, this one just doesn't quite seem
right. Other than a Lobo, I figured it might be a candy cane coral. It
looks an awfully like
one. But at the same time it doesn't. It seems too inflated during the
day (Second pic. Has a mark on the top left from accidentally getting
stung by my Torch coral... oops), much like a Lobo, and at night it
opens up REALLY wide and sends out short and long sweeper tentacles
(First Pic)! Not quite like any candy cane that I have ever seen. I keep
jumping back and forth guessing if it is a Lobo or a Candy cane. It even
has some people on a forum I am on stumped. Could it possibly be
something else maybe? Acan maybe? I need a much more experienced eye to
ID this for me I think.
Thanks! LPS IDView photos Download all You are invited
to view Holly's album. This album has 2 files.
Holly, please give us an actual link to the album or attach the photos
to your email. Using your information leads to Buddy Holly's
James (Salty Dog)
Re: LPS ID
Oh, I am sorry about that. I thought I attached the pictures. Here they
LPS ID – 6/6/12
> Hello, I am having a little issue identifying this LPS I got 3 days
> The previous owner insists that he got it from a reputable online site
(he > never said which one which makes me wonder) and is trying to
> that it is called an "Aussie Neon center Lobo".
<Mmm, maybe Lobophyllia sp.:
From all of the pictures I
> have seen of Lobos, this one just doesn't quite seem right. Other than
> Lobo, I figured it might be a candy cane coral. It looks an awfully
> one. But at the same time it doesn't. It seems too inflated during the
> (Second pic. Has a mark on the top left from accidentally getting
> my Torch coral... oops), much like a Lobo, and at night it opens up
> wide and sends out short and long sweeper tentacles (First Pic)!
<The one w/ the long tentacles looks like a Phyllangia (P. mouchezzi?)
Not quite like any candy cane that I have ever seen. I keep jumping back
> guessing if it is a Lobo or a Candy cane. It even has some people on a
> forum I am on stumped. Could it possibly be something else maybe? Acan
> maybe? I need a much more experienced eye to ID this for me I think.
<All guesses are tentative... Bob Fenner>
I put a query in your inbox to get your input. I believe this is a
Lobo species of some type but not positive on this.
<Have Bcc'd you on my resp.>
There are so many colors and shapes that it's hard to pin point, at least
for me anyway.
<Thank you, BobF>
Re: LPS ID – 6/6/12
<Thank you James. B>
Brain coral ID 11/20/11
Need your help again, been sometime since needed help of this
sort, but no other source is better than the WetWebMedia !
Just got this piece around 3 days back and was labeled as tooth
coral, while had ordered for Blastomussa Wellisi.
Now am confused whether it is Lobophyllia Hemprichii or Cynarina
<The former... the corallite is too large to be Blastomussa
(9-14 mm max.), Cynarina re monocentric, circular
If you notice there are some tooth like serrations protruding on
the right side, when it had come in it did resemble like it had
teeth all around the skeleton.
First pic is under dimmed MH lights and the second one is without
lights just room light.
Please let me know which one is this so that I can proceed with
the correct placement and care for this.
Thanks a lot for the wonderfull site and information.
<Welcome. Bob Fenner>