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PostPosted: 2008.10.06(Mon)9:54    Post subject: Re: gorgonian? Reply with quote

bowkry wrote:
can anyone tell me what this is? I can't find it in any book
then click pictures

a blueberry gorgonia? Like floridaboy mentioned; they are HARD to keep. I know; I tried. They are BEAUTIFUL; non-photosynthetic filter feeders. Blue polyps attached that open up and look gorgeous. I've never had luck with gorgonias (non-photosynthetic) ones. They require high flows; a ton of phyto and a LOT of luck.

Let me tell you a story of what I did: I did a ton of research before purchasing one and I figured with the level of care I could provide, I was certain I could do it. It was doing great for a full 2 months (full polyp extension) gorgeous coral. I was feeding it cyclo and phyto- almost every other day if not EVERY day. Suddenly I had the absolute WORST cyano-bacteria bloom imaginable! It was horrible! No matter how much flow I had available in my tank, it wasn't enough. Even my SPS was partially covered in that red crap. I had NO choice left, I had to leave my lights off for 3 days and run Chemiclean. My skimmer went nuts and most of my SPS browned out. I don't recall all the exact details but from now on, I would never buy non-photosynthetic corals (especially complex filter-feeders like gorgonias or chilli's).

The only reason I wanted the blueberry and redsea gorgonia was b/c of how gorgeous they were; the photosynthetic ones weren't very attractive but I've been considering them a lot more lately. Just my take.
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PostPosted: 2008.10.07(Tue)22:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the responce right now I am direct feeding it and It looks amazing I hope It keeps it up
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