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kaybee
10-10-2009, 07:39 PM
I haven't posted coral photos in a while.

Here's a soft coral, Tubipora musica ('Pipe Organ Coral). Unlike most soft corals this coral builds a skeleton of a sort (comprised of sclerites), so it actually utilizes calcium. The skeleton appears purplish in this photo due to the actinic lighting that was on at the time but is actually reddish in color.

Here's a photo of the frag with the polyps retracted. This piece came with some 'nuisance algae' (I hate when that happens). Some of it can be seen between the polyp tubes. Fortunately it was a very fragile green hair algae that came off very easily by just wiping it off with a q-tip. My tailspot blenny eventually grazed on it so it no longer exists:

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/y2kenny19/Saltwater2009/tubipora_retracted.jpg

Here is the tubipora frag with polyps fully extended:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/y2kenny19/Saltwater2009/tubipora_extended.jpg

Here's my open brain (trachyphyllia) back in 2007 when I first got it:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/y2kenny19/Saltwater2009/ob07.jpg

Here it is two years later, it's grown quite a bit:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/y2kenny19/Saltwater2009/ob09.jpg

Finally, here's a short video of my candy cane coral extending sweeper tentacles. It's almost surrounded by neighboring waving hand coral (anthelia) and is responding in a territorial way. Some of these stinging sweeper tentacles were about 3.5"/9cm long.
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labnjab
10-10-2009, 07:46 PM
Awesome pics and nice brain. It looks similar to our brain. That's a neat video. I've never seen our candy canes or trumpets extend any sweepers and they are only a few inches from a kenya tree. All we see from them are feeders. Actually we haven't seen sweepers from any our our LPS and we have some of the more aggressive ones (frogspawn and torch)

UnknownFish
10-11-2009, 03:35 AM
That brain looks great 2 years later, good job.

Anomaly
10-11-2009, 01:01 PM
Wow - gorgeous!

kaybee
11-22-2009, 06:39 PM
Some new acquistions:

Nuclear Green palys and Tub's Blue's zoanthids
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/y2kenny19/Saltwater2009/greenbluenov09.jpg

Close up of the nuclear greens under actinics:
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a259/y2kenny19/Saltwater2009/nukegreen.jpg

rich311k
11-22-2009, 07:43 PM
Great photos and corals.

Amazon
11-22-2009, 08:15 PM
Very nice. What lighting do the brains need? I saw a really awesome one at my lfs yesterday.

kaybee
11-22-2009, 08:23 PM
Thanks!

Brains do fine on the sand bed under moderate lighting or indirect-moderate lighting.

Amazon
11-22-2009, 08:25 PM
So do you think they will do ok under PC's in a 14g
1 24 watt actinic 10000K
1 24 watt daylight 10000K
I understand they get big.

kaybee
11-22-2009, 08:32 PM
...I've never seen our candy canes or trumpets extend any sweepers and they are only a few inches from a kenya tree. All we see from them are feeders...

I've got three different types of candy canes/trumpets (fleshy light green, neon green, and tan/light green w/green centers) and for some reason only the type featured in the video (the latter of the three) extends sweepers in my tank.

From the other two types I've only seen feeder tentacles as well.

kaybee
11-22-2009, 08:44 PM
So do you think they will do ok under PC's in a 14g
1 24 watt actinic 10000K
1 24 watt daylight 10000K
I understand they get big.

I'm not really experienced at small tank lighting, but what other types of LPS corals, if any, do you currently have in that tank? If you have other LPS's that are doing well then the brain should too.

For the first six weeks that I had the open brain coral it was under 288watts of PC lighting in a 65gal and did pretty fine.

From my understanding the red trachyphyllia's require less lighting than the green ones.

Amazon
11-22-2009, 09:57 PM
I have candy canes and torches that do great. I even have a few digitata sps that do ok.

kaybee
11-22-2009, 10:32 PM
A brain should do fine, then. The light brains require is about the same of that of the torch coral, or perhaps even a little less light than them.

Deleted User
11-22-2009, 10:45 PM
So beautiful!!! thumbs2:

labnjab
11-23-2009, 05:32 PM
I've got three different types of candy canes/trumpets (fleshy light green, neon green, and tan/light green w/green centers) and for some reason only the type featured in the video (the latter of the three) extends sweepers in my tank.

From the other two types I've only seen feeder tentacles as well.
I saw sweepers for the 1st time on our candy canes last night, but they weren't nearly as long as the ones in your video. It was our neon green ones and looked cool. I took a pic which I'll post some time

debbie51975
12-23-2009, 11:34 AM
Amazing pics...I like the open brainthumbs2: