Help ID Blue Coral

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  1. im1time

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    I just picked up this coral at 6th Avenue Aquarium but they could not tell me the name. Can anybody help ID this coral? It looks like blue fingers and is a smooth soft coral. I don't know how to care for it. Two of the finger tips now have something coming out of it. Looks like something is squeezing out of the tip. I have no idea if the coral is dying with the tips erupting or if it is doing well. My guess is that it is not doing well.

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  2. seminolecpa

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    This was probably your first mistake. This store is not know for the healthiness of their livestock.

    Looks like it could be some sort of a sponge perhaps? Uncertain.
     
  3. im1time

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    I think I was updating the picture when you posted. A picture should be attached now.
     
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    I would say a it's a devils finger if I had to guess. ....but it is a lot stubbier..... so maybe not.
     
  5. seminolecpa

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    Ok I have an updated guess but I am by no means a softy expert. Think it might this

    http://www.saltwaterfish.com/Blue-Palm_p_844.html
     
  6. LeviT

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    Thanks total sense based on what you described and the smooth cylindrical shape.
     
  7. im1time

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    I think you nailed it! I am 99.9% sure that is it.

    I know 6th Avenue doesn't have the the best livestock but this one looked pretty cool. I figured I would give it a shot for $20. Thanks!!!
     
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    Looks like this guy alright http://www.oceanproaquatics.com/shop/blue-palm-lollypop-tunicate-nephtheis-fascicularis-heads-pi-19727.html Blue Palm, Neptheis fascicularis . If it's this guy then it's not a coral at all, it's a tunicate. I don't think it has any photosynthetic capability, symbiotic or otherwise, so it will require targeted plankton feeding in most tanks, see also here http://www.coralscience.org/main/videos/urochordata-2/neptheis-fascicularis and here http://www.blogster.com/madcaptains/reef-info-neptheis-fascicularis . I would try something like this http://www.dtplankton.com/phytoplankton.html or this http://www.google.com/products?q=liquidlife+marine+plankton&btnG=Search+Products&show=dd&scoring=p - I couldn't find any food recommendations from someone who was keeping one alive- maybe contact the coralscience people info@coralscience.org? Best of luck with it and let us know how it goes!
     
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    Its a Nephtheis fascicularis that lost its heads..
     
  10. GreshamH

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    Broadcast feeding IME if the preferred method of feeding them. Target feeding phytoplankton typically overwhelms the target with too many phyto cells.

    No comment on you choices of food :lol:
     
  11. im1time

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    I think it is doing well. I read that they lose their heads and grow back on a regular basis. It has already completed this cycle one time. Here is a current photo.




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