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Featured Cauliflower coral

Discussion in 'Coral Information and Help' started by Jason1992, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. Jason1992

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    hi all just a quick question a bought a 2 corals on Friday 1 of which is the cauliflower coral, and it seems fine I've just noticed that it sometimes closes up and opens normally at night which I thought is fine due to the lights but it's doing it during the day just closing up for a while then reopening, I can't seem to find much info on this coral so wondered if this is normal and why it does it thanks
     
  2. doug_amanda

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    Cauliflower coral,
    I googled it as I have a coral in my tank that I don't know what is and with a bit of imagination looks a little like a cauliflower In the hope you'd inadvertently identified it for me,, but alas not,, yours is an sps coral more commonly known as (Pocillopora) [MENTION=22602]372xp[/MENTION] or [MENTION=11471]screwloose[/MENTION] will be able to help you out I'm sure.
     
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    Cauliflower coral(p.meanderina) is an sps coral. These are pretty hardy and will tolerate a fair bit. As far as opening up, if you mean polyp extension, they will retract their polyps if disturbed or when feeding. This is quite normal during the day. In general sps will feed at night as this is when plankton rise from the cooler depths, but they are opertunistic and get it when they can. Ideally this coral will need a lot of flow, it's easy for valonia to grow and crud to accumulate in all the crevices. In order to get the best from it it needs to be in the top 1/3rd of the tank and get decent light.
    This is all very well if it is a pocilopora, can you post a picture for a more accurate answer.
     
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    There are a few corals that are also known as cauliflower corals so more information needed as to whether it's a soft or hard coral
     
  5. Jason1992

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    Thanks for the replies, I was told from the shop that it's a soft coral. I'm new to corals so want easy ones to start with. I will post a couple pics when I get home
     
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    My guess then would be either a soft finger coral or other sinularia coral there are others so really a pic would be best to positively ID it
     
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    If it's a softie they can take a good few days to feel at home
     
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    Opps!! So much for my initial identification, sorry guys,
    yes it's a softie, they almost always close up at night.
     
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    It looks like pocilopora meandera. You would know if it's a softie because they are soft to the touch(squidgy). The fact that the shop told you this WS a soft coral is a little alarming!!
    Either way great beginners coral and a gateway to the wonderful world of SPS.
     
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    I think you were right.

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    I think you were right.
     
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    Must admit it looks like a softie to me but I know nothing about sps corals,,
     
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    This is one of my pocilopora (p.damicornis), notice the similarities of the polyps and the distribution. I could well be wrong as I am viewing the photos on a small phone with a cracked screen. IMG_2021.jpg IMG_2020.jpg
     
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    Must admit it looks very similar,, Nice
     
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    I was a bit skeptictal with the bloke in the shop tbh, thanks for the great advice anyway! and I shal be going to my other shop in future
     
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    It's a sinularia , "soft" coral

    Also known as a finger coral, part of the leather family......



    Deflate when sulking, like when new, too much flow, getting stung etc
     
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    its a pink pussy.

    it will come back once happy.
     
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