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SubscribeCoral of the week------Tubastrea (sun polyps)
DarkRealm Overlord
 
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Scientific name: Tubastrea sp.

Classification: LPS

Common names: Orange cup coral, sun polyps, sun coral, black sun polyps (T. Micrantha)

Description: Tubastrea is an LPS coral with tubular corallites covered with bright orange tissue. Tubastrea have no zooxanthellae and are generally considered non reef building corals due to their slower growth. They are typically nocturnal, extending their polyps at night to capture plankton. Tubastrea are normally found at the entrance to caves and under overhangs where nutrient levels are higher. Tubastrea are most often found at depths of 13-160 feet in very turbulent water.

Hardiness: Tubastrea should only be kept in well established tanks by experienced aquarists because of their feeding and general care needs.

Lighting: Tubastrea are non photosynthetic and do not use light.

Water current: High flow is necessary for feeding in nature. The high flow is also necessary to keep the tissue of the coral free from debris.

Temperature: Does well in a temperature range of 78-84 degrees F.

Aggressiveness: Medium High. Although slower growing than a lot of other corals, Tubastrea polyps contain powerful nematocyst cells that are capable of stinging other corals that are within their reach.

Feeding: Since Tubastrea do not rely on photosynthesis for food, they need fed at least every other day. In nature they feed on larger plankton so a larger food like brine/mysis shrimp should be fed. New colonies will most likely need to be trained to come out and feed. This can be done by using a turkey baster and blowing food or the food juices over them. Once you get them trained to come out, they are relatively easy to care for. Some will also be out during the day once trained, and some even emerge whenever food is placed in the aquarium.

Supplements: Normal ranges in calcium and alkalinity, and other trace elements essential in skeletal development are needed for growth and a strong, healthy coral.

Tank positioning: No special requirements other than a high flow area.

Propagation: This coral is very hard to propagate manually. If kept in good conditions and well fed, small buds will form along the edge of the mother colony. The buds will sometimes detach, float to a new spot in the aquarium, and start a new colony.

[font color="#C00000"]Special notes/considerations: This coral must be fed, or it will cease to open, and tissue recession will shortly follow. This is not a coral that can be placed in the aquarium and forgot about, you must be dedicated and willing to give it attention on a daily basis. * DUE TO THE FEEDING REQUIREMENTS OF THIS CORAL, CARE MUST BE TAKEN TO STAY ON TOP OF WATER QUALITY*[/font]

Now for some pictures of my sun coral

Sun polyps closed



Sun polyps just opening



Sun polyps open



Close ups of the polyps



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[span class="edited"][Edited by DarkRealm Overlord 2003-12-19 02:13][/span]

[span class="edited"][Edited by DarkRealm Overlord 2003-12-19 03:11][/span]
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I am SO IN LOVE! How beautiful is that???
WD DRO
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Sun Polyps are VERY attractive. The only thing Id be concerned about, as you said is the feeding. Ive seen many accounts of them pretty much just wilting away, seems most people dont know to feed them at least ever other day.
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Do you mind if I steal your lights nate. hehe, but awsome coral wish I could have it.

"Party it up, Drink it down"
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DarkRealm Overlord
 
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Jamie.......why would you need my lights? Sun corals dont use light.
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Yup, they actually prefer very low light, even normal output light would be acceptable. They just need to be fed very often.
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No, I meant for other coral.

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Tubastrea are most often found at depths of 13-160 feet in very turbulent water.


Yep you can see they dont need much light at all, beautiful specimen DRO
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Beautiful coral and great pictures. I will have to remember those if ever I get the hang of this marine thing!! Are you writing any more profiles for corals? Great work once again.

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I have a quite a few more profiles that I havent submitted yet. Its hard to find the time to type them out
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What else have you got to do between 12 at night and 7 in the morning? Keep up the good work!!

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Stunning! (thinks about changing her name to SunPolypGrl)
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yea me 2

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I love that coral must get one when i start my sw tank im going with vho lighst


and lilmint havent you got my new email I sent you
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I love that coral must get one when i start my sw tank im going with vho lighst


This coral doesnt need any light at all. It is also a difficult coral to keep alive and happy. I would wait till you have a good bit of experience before attempting to keep this coral.
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So this is one of the "mighty and untouchable" non-photo corals...very impressive. I'll just have to get some experience under my belt and get some (thx for the advice on the corals by the way guys).
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So this is one of the "mighty and untouchable" non-photo corals


Not really untouchable, as it is really quite easy to take care of once you have the experience to keep the water chemistry stable....its just kind of a pain in the butt once you have them for awhile because of the daily feeding.
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Anything else beside that? Because being able to maintain stable water and do daily feedings(which would result in the need for frequent water changes and a good cleaner crew) could work for a new but dedicated hobbyist, not just an experienced one.
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They really are not that tough to keep once water parameters are stable...meaning DKH, calcium, magnesium, strontium, etc, etc.

A mature system of atleast one year (IMO) should be the youngest tank that they should go in. I feed mine 3 times a day, and pretty heavy feedings at that. I dont have any problems with water quality at all.

the big challange is finding specimens that are healthy to start out with, and then training them to come out for feedings so you dont have to feed them in the dark where drifting food wont be consumed by fish......sure you still get the little critters that only come out at night, but they dont do as good of a job as fish do.

they are not an impossible coral to keep.....neither is the other one that you mentioned (although its a lot harder and im not even comfy with trying to keep one yet)
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So would they be more appropriate for a invert only aquarium? Granted that all corals and inverts would thrive better in an invert only aquarium, but would an invert only aquarium be especially more helpful if not crucial in the keeping of this species?
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