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    identify soft coral (leather?)

    anyone know what this is?
    (sorry its not such a clear pic)
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    I'd be willing to bet it's a Kenya tree or some type of Colt. Kenya's my first assumption though. When you touch it, does all the polyps retract quickly and the whole coral take on a whitening effect? If so, then it's a Kenya tree. Here's a closeup of the polyps on mine. This was taken quite awhile ago ( almost a year to be exact) and it has since grown about 5 times this size. Next time Vince is over, I'm gonna need updated pics of my tank.
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    nope, thats not it
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    Are you baseing your reply on the pic or what I asked?

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    Spaghetti Leather?

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    its not like you said, and its not like the pic. doesnt really have big polyps like that.
    looks more like the spaghetti, but only a little less. i think i have to borrow a camera to take a clearer picture of it.
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    Ah!! I knew the pic would be misleading. That ic is a very close macro shot. The polyps are actually very tiny and the coral as a whole has a rather bushy look fo it. I could be wrong but it also kinda looks like my Xenia when it closes up somewhat.
    So you're saying when the polyps are open and you touch it, the polyps do not quickly retract? What about the color changing when touched?
    Does it look like any of the ones in the link below?

    http://www.wetwebmedia.com/alcyoniids.htm

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    if i had to chose, i would pick this one:

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    or mine may be the kenya as you said, just that the polyps arent open. its like a brown bush on the tops. doesnt turn white when touched though.
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    Well, that one is a Capnella ( which is a Kenya tree). Try searching for Capnella Imbricata which is another type of Capnella. There are many variants of this genus though that differ slightly i polyp size, growth pattern, and especialy the color. Have you considered buying a good coral ID book? One is "Aquarium Corals" by Eric Borneman and another is "Corals, a quick referance guide" by Julian Sprung.

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