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Dendro or sun coral      12/19/18
<Hi Frank>
I was looking for an opinion to see if I received a real Dendro or if I received a sun coral colony that I purchased from an online vendor. Its closed now because I just received it. My feeling its a sun coral.
<Well, they look much alike, but there are some differences to consider though. Sun coral polyps are smaller than those of the Dendrophyllia, Sun corals open generally at night or with very dim light, while Dendros open most of the time.>
Thank you
<Welcome. Wil>

trying to ID a coral     1/30/14
Greetings! I am really enjoying this site.  I have a  65 gal tank with a 20 sump. There is liverock and sand. I recently bought another small piece of live rock I thought had dead coral on it. I'm thinking it might still be alive!  I am trying to figure out what exactly it is I have and how to take care of it. I have showed a few LFS staff the attached picture and they think it's a sun cup?
<Likely a Dendrophylliid; though some of the Caryophylliids could be considered>
 I guess I'm not sold on it because of the coloring and spacing between tubes. I've looked through pictures on this site and see possibilities of Goniopora and Dendrophyllildae( black tube)?. What do you think? I'm very excited because I'm wanting to branch out and try some low light corals and macroalgae to spruce up my tank.
Thanks! Tracy
<See the pix of both families on WWM. Bob Fenner> 


Can you identify this little guy/girl ( of course you can ;-) )    3/20/13
Hey Guys,
I thought it was now my time to probe your apparently un-exhaustive  knowledge bank. I got the (beautiful) picture of a rather cool little guy that I found on my live rock.
<Very nice>
 The rock has been in my aquarium for over a year, but I didn't find him (or her) until I moved all the live rock to a new 180 gallon tank. I really like it, but I am a little afraid that it could be
some sort of aphasia,
<I forget... Heeeeee! Aiptasia>
which I will have to kill off. If it is not a pest I don't want to harm it because I think it is really cool.
<Not a pest; well not much of one>
I have seen some other pictures on your site, and you identified them as a non-photosynthetic stony coral, but I just wanted to be 100% sure, and I figured you could use the picture as it seems to be a little clearer than some of the other
pictures of similar creatures on the site.
<Is there a stony skeleton here? If so, then this is likely a single polyp Caryo/Euphylliid of some sort, perhaps a Dendrophylliid colony starter. Bob Fenner>

Re: Can you identify this little guy/girl ( of course you can ;-) )     3/21/13
wow that was a fast reply ;-) I think you are right  - it is a Dendrophylliid - looks very much like
though<t> I can't see the bas<e> of it - its in a crevice, but I did see a couple more like it around the tank today and even one right next to it - albeit somewhat smaller ;-)
thanks again for the quick reply
<Welcome. BobF>

C. furcata or C. curvata?    4/30/11
Greetings Crew!
I hope that everything is peaceful and calm with you, in contrast to the world of woes that we currently live in!
<Were it only so>
Just a quick ID today.
I have two Candy Cane corals and noticed that their feeding patterns are different. On the first (the brownish one with the contrasting green centers), sweeper tentacles form nightly and the specimen consumes most any meaty seafood greedily. For the second coral (the larger, light green), no noticeable sweeper tentacles form and I've not witnessed any evidence of feeding behavior.
I'm almost sure that the brown one is Caulastrea furcata and am guessing that the larger is Caulastrea curvata. The large one has polyps that seem to be much more flexible and "watery", whereas the brown one's polyps seem to be much more firm with a less fluctuating form and appearance.
Any thoughts?
<I do think that your photo/desc. ID guesses are good>
Thank you so much for all that you give!
<Thank you for sharing Joe. Bob Fenner>

Scler ID... Fav and Dend  - 8/17/10
Dear Bob n crew,
<Hello Blesson>
First of all thank you for this awesome site! Has helped me and my friends in our fishkeeping immensely and changed a whole lot of our methodology in the hobby. Well I'll try to keep this mail short to lessen your burden.
I received 2 corals from a friend and so far I think one is a Favite of some sort,
<This is a Favia -- notice the individual corallites that do not have shared walls? I.D. to species level is impossible here, you would need a bleached skeleton & a copy of Veron's works w/ a microscope to be sure>
and the other a Turbinaria.
I was thinking it could be a T. frondens or a T. patula or even a T. peltata.
<I think this is T. peltata.>
Just not sure though. I have obviously done my fair share of reading and preparation for these two corals (since the last two months!).
<Great! These are both excellent choices, hardy and beautiful>
It would be of immense help if you kind folks could help me identify these specimens, and also let me know if you spot any bleaching or any such problems from the pictures.
<These look ok to me, a little light in colour but that could be the pictures. With good care they should be fine>
Hope the pics are not too big.
<they are ok>
The Favite doesn't seem to be acclimatised as of yet as I've not seen its feeding tentacles or the sweeper tentacles.
<I've had one for three years + and not seen them either, but it's grown, albeit slowly>
And the Turbinaria extends its polyps but not as much as I've witnessed in some of the Turbinaria pictures.
<This looks fine to me>
And just letting you guys know that I've been reading the dailies regularly for almost six months now and just love all the info!
Any ways, thanks again in advance for your help. My regards to Bob, Salty, Neale, Lynn, Chris and the rest of the gang.
Cheers, Blesson.
<Thanks, Simon>

Mushroom <repro.>, New Coral <id>, and Dragon's Breath <comp.> 3/4/10
Hey Guys!
I recently started up my refugium which is a huge victory for me! lol. Been planning it for a long time. I had a couple questions and an ID question I thought you might be able to help with really quickly. First of all, my red mushroom usually sits on the tank floor of my 90 gal display, just laying there looking nice. I like to split my corals and sell them back to the LFS who has been asking for them..A LOT...anyway, I don't particularly like to cut my animals (I know, kinda wussy but it bothers me lol), so I usually just move them to a precarious position where they will move to another rock and leave their foot, thus replicating.
<Ah, pedal laceration...>
It works really well without a chance of infection and dying. Recently I moved my mushroom closer to the light and instead of moving it just spread up and wide like the picture and was wondering if it DIDN'T like the light or if it wants more. I understood this species preferred deeper and less light.
<Need to define terms>
Second question, I just bought a new coral frag (pic#2) and I was told it was a pagoda. Verifying it LOOKED like a pagoda,
<Might be a Dendrophylliid, perhaps a Turbinaria. Read here:
and the linked files above>
at least to me, I have been watching it. From what I have read, aren't they supposed to have polyps that extend for feeding?
<Mmm, at night time, most all Scleractinians do>
I have yet to see them, and from I understand they require supplemental feeding, unless this is a purely photosynthetic sp.
<There are no such light-only species>
What do you think?
<That stonies are mixotrophic>
It is sitting on a rock off the bottom floor, but not really close to the light. Lastly, I added a small ball of Chaeto and some dragon's breath to my refugium. I attached the dragon's breath to the side of the rock I have attached the Chaeto, and also to the power head I have to create greater flow. I have had a hard time finding info on it, so are there any problems with this Macro that you have encountered?
<Mmm, no>
(I made the pics with smaller resolution but if you need higher, let me know.)
Thanks Much!
Joshua Lucero

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