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PostSubject: encrusting gargonian   Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:23 am

check out this crazy coral.this is an interesting one here as it is an encrusting gargonian and has a rather toxic sting from what i have been informed.here it is just put in the tank.i will have to wait for it to be happy to snap a pic of its polyps exposed.the thing with the green tip i have been told is a dead mans finger wich is a type of macro.
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PostSubject: Re: encrusting gargonian   Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:03 pm


Just in case people are interested, the gorgonian is Erythropodium caribaeorum. Not only does it have a sting, but it is immune to all other known coral stings. It can overgrow bubble coral, Euphyllias, whatever. A decent description of this guy is at

http://animal-world.com/Aquarium-Coral-Reefs/Encrusting-Gorgonian

but they're wrong about feeding. Erythropodium doesn't eat anything we can put in our tanks for it. It lives entirely on symbiotic zooxanth and absorbed nutrients from the water. It actually likes a little nitrate in its environment. The website is correct that this is a "bombproof" beginners coral. Hard to kill and even appropriate for a FOWL because it doesn't need intense lighting and fish will not eat it, period.

The Dead Man's Finger is Neomeris sp. Its a calcareous macroalgae that's not seen very often. I think they're neat.
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PostSubject: Re: encrusting gargonian   Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:14 am

i was still in the process of researching this bad boy then you posted up this info.thank you very much. Very Happy i am definatly going to be keeping this coral on a island of solitude for now being forewarned about its aggresive tendencies.still waiting for a pic of the coral happy.
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PostSubject: Re: encrusting gargonian   Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:18 pm


Its not happy yet? Surprising. Don't worry, it'll get happy and look like a mass of hair waving around (after a lot of conditioner).

I noticed I mentioned this coral is good for a FOWL tank....I meant FOWLR. Not that I haven't seen some fowl or foul tanks.
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PostSubject: Re: encrusting gargonian   Sat Mar 31, 2012 3:07 am

here we go with some polyp extension.
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PostSubject: Re: encrusting gargonian   Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:04 am

Ill have to try some of that sometime. I would love to put it up against the diploastrea for top killer lol
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PostSubject: Re: encrusting gargonian   Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:14 pm

sounds a little risky to me...first i am taking a frag of galaxea and seeing what happens.got a few of those so it wont be the end of the world but i would like to find something thast can exist with it.
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PostSubject: Re: encrusting gargonian   Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:21 pm

that stuff looks pretty damn cool and sounds even cooler, even the dead man's finger looks interesting...
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PostSubject: Re: encrusting gargonian   Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:15 pm

i can throw you a bone if you want just heed the warnings yeah.i have mine in the middle of a sand bed so there will be no horse play in my tank...not intentionaly.
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PostSubject: Re: encrusting gargonian   Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:28 am

yeah i need to make some more racks and fix up my reef tank, some algea has gotten out of hand...
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