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Featured Blue polyp Gorgonia ?

Discussion in 'Coral Information and Help' started by richard, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. richard

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    Been into my lfs today and saw an amazing blue polyp gorgonia.

    I read that the blue poly ones are NPS, is that right ?

    Are they considered hard to keep ?

    I have a mix of lps and softies and feed phyto and other coral food daily.

    I had a goniopora that was doing well for about 5 months but its not looking too good now, will the gorgonia require similar feeding ?
     
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    I would have thought it is a NPS and yes they are hard to keep and need lots of feeding thoughout the day.
    Yes they are hard to keep purely because of their dietry needs
     
  3. richard

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    Are they considered as hard to keep as goniopora ?

    I don't mind direct feeding daily but I did that with the goni and it still wasn't enough.
     
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    sounds like nps as cant think of any sps / photosynthetic gorgs or fans with blue polyps..

    fairly easy to keep, lots of flow and phyto is good, maybe cyclopese once or twice a week too. DONT touch the flesh of the coral if you can help it :)
     
  5. richard

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    Have you kept one before ?

    I've just been doing some research on google and allot of people are saying they tend to die within a couple of months.

    The thing is the shop is only a small local one so I can't see anyone going in their who would have a dedicated nps system, so someone will probably buy it who will have less of a chance of keeping it as I would.

    I know that I would try my best and feed it daily.

    What do you think should I give it a go or would it be best to leave it and hope that some total newbie doesn't go and buy it.
     
  6. richard

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    The one I'm looking at as very thin branches and looks quite delicate, will it do best in strong flow, wouldn't it get damaged ?

    I think I'll speak to the lfs about it when I'm next in and see what he says, they'll probably just say its easy to keep though.
     
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    I have no experience on these, although I believe I got a 'type' of Gorgonia as a frag off Killi.

    One observation I have, is when feeding 2 cubes of frozen 3 times a week, it was slow growing. Once upped to 3 cubes per day, 7 days a week, the polyps have extended immensley, and the Gorgonia has grown an awful lot.

    I appreciate that this is a different one, but the basics must be the same, ie it loves food and needs it to thrive.

    Frag when I got it.

    [​IMG]

    As at the other day

    [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for replay mate.

    That looks like the same thing just not with blue polyps.

    I feed a mixture of aqualabs coral food, phyto and my home made mixture daily so i would have thought there would be enough food supply.

    I think I might have to give it a go.
     
  9. Clearwater

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    I am managing to maintain Pseudopterogorgon "Purple"
    but wouldn't say its thriving

    I did have a Blue Polyp Gorgona the one with the red stems
    which I lost

    Gonipora wise I have a Red one with relatively small polyps which looks to be doing OK since the daily Phytoplankton feeding

    but the green one next to it is receding

    Let us know how you get one please
     
  10. richard

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    Will do, I'll post some pics up once I get it, if its still there.
     
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    imo nps gorgs do better in slightly ****ty water where they can take particles out of the water..... my large polyp and purple never opened with "perfect params"... at the moment my nitrates are about 10+ and phos is "i dread to think" and never seen them look so good...

    ive also found particles in the water tend to put them in feed mode (polyps out) similar to lps when you feed
     
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    [​IMG]hi,

    this is my blue gorgonia,

    i bought this a couple of week ago and what ive been told is, they are hard to keep and require feeding several times a day.

    hth, les
     
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    forgot to mention, i feed with frozen cyclop-eeze several times a day and appears ok at the mo.

    les
     
  14. Clearwater

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    good luck green grass

    mine was ok for 3 months then the blue polyps started to migrate down the branches, if this happens change your feed as its going into shut down mode from my experience

    hope this helps
     
  15. richard

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    Ye thats the one.

    Think I might have to reconsider getting it now as my bank have just sent me a letter saying I owe them money because I used paypal without having any money in the account.

    I'll have to see how long it stays in the lfs and maybe get it next month when I've got the money, if its still there.

    At least this will give me some time to do some more research and to see if it survives well in the shops tank.

    Thanks for all the replays though.
     
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    thanx clearwater,

    besides the cyclop-eeze i dose phyto and theres some very fine stuff in the fish feeding regime, red plankton, etc.

    ill keep my eye on it and hope it survives.

    les
     
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    I was on Phytoplankton daily , Oyster Eggs 2 x week, Aqua Labs SPS, LPS 1 x week
     
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    [​IMG]

    Am still experiencing some recession using same regime as above. Flow needs to be fairly high otherwise they tend to spend the whole time closed and permanently trying to slough.

    Keith.
     
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    hi keith,

    what ltr per hour is that pump behind your blue gorg? is it directly in front of it?

    thanx, les
     
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    Koralia nano 240 gph. Would go for the next one up if I bought again.
     
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