Theory: underfeeding chalices prevents sweeper tentacles?

Discussion in 'Coral' started by Chromis, May 5, 2017.

  1. Chromis

    Chromis Guest

    I keep reading about these long sweeper tentacles that chalice corals supposedly send out... none of my chalices do that. I have one big Hollywood stunner and two smaller frags (watermelon/golden) that seem to be colored up and growing OK. When I feed the fish (or fish poop on them) small tiny (say, 2mm) tentacles come out for a little bit. But I don't feed my corals and only have about 0.25" of fish per gallon.

    Is it possible that underfeeding reduces tentacle development, since they use tentacles to grab food, and then they don't have the same stinging power? Or is there another factor in chalice aggression?


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  2. tankguy

    tankguy Vice President

    I have quite a few chalices and I don't see long sweepers on mine.
     
  3. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    Sweepers usually only come out if they need to attack/defend. Different from feeding tentacles.


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  4. Chromis

    Chromis Guest

    In that case maybe I still have room for a couple more chalices :)


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  5. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    It's not just chalices they react to. Could be anything.


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