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    Goniopora

    has anyone ever kept a Goniopora? i picked one up yesterday (a beautiful coral) and wanted to know if anyone has any pointers or special tips rearding its care.
    (i believe it is a LPS)
    which are supposed to be easier to care for SPS or LPS? i've heard both ways.

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    Do you know if its photosynthetic or not?

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    i believe it is. it has lighting requirements.
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    here is a picture of one:
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    Unfortunately,

    Goniopora has a sad history of failing to survive in aquariums.
    They usually make it 6 months to a year, and then start a steady decline and whither away for no reason.
    As per Eric Borneman's book, recent research suggests that almost half the food taken by Goniopora in the wild is phytoplankton, and the rest very small zooplankton. They seem to do better in skimmerless systems.

    You should see if you can return the coral for a credit towards another different species.

    Goniopora, although beautiful, should remain in the ocean...
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Ditto, so true ...

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    It seems that the required intense illumination fosters the growth of Ostreobium, a boring green algae. This algae enters the calcium skeleton, and the polyps become progressively smaller and blisterlike until they die. (according to the Marine Atlas)
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    Flame Angel bought one by mistake a long while ago, thinking it was something else. She lost it eventually. Believe me- if she can't keep them, no one can! She fed it rotifers, baby brine, live phyto- didn't make any difference.

    If we buy them, the stores will just get more. Rather than dooming another one that the store will get to replace the one you bought, It would be best to take it back as Tang Man said- and explain why.
    Gail in Nova Scotia

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    I have a RED GONI and it is doing great.......8 out of 10 according to the books on survivability in reef tanks for this one though.....other don't fair to well....branched specimens do well to.

    Can see the red in the pic below
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Goniopora-white-xenia-red-gonipora.jpg  

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    fishprick is right, I've heard the same thing said about the red version ...

    Although even then, I think fishprick must be doing something right for his to look that healthy ...

    Good job fishprick!

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