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Dendro or sun coral 12/19/18
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.>
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
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.
<See the pix of both families on WWM. Bob Fenner>
Can you identify this little guy/girl ( of course you can
;-) ) 3/20/13
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.
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 ;-) )
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
C. furcata or C. curvata?
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
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.
<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,
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
<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
<Great! These are both excellent choices, hardy and
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
<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
Any ways, thanks again in advance for your help. My regards to
Bob, Salty, Neale, Lynn, Chris and the rest of the gang.
Mushroom <repro.>, New Coral <id>, and
Dragon's Breath <comp.> 3/4/10
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
<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
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
<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
<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?
(I made the pics with smaller resolution but if you need higher,
let me know.)