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Author Topic: Alveopora & Goniopora (Flower Pot coral)  (Read 15371 times)

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Offline IridescentLily

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Alveopora & Goniopora (Flower Pot coral)
« on: May 04, 2010, 04:32:09 AM »
Alveopora can be confused with the similar looking Gonipora coral, however the petal-like tentacles in Goniopora number 24; in Alveopora there are just 12 tentacles per polyp.

Hardiness:  Goniopora and Alveopora are delicate and long term survival (>12 months) is probably less than 10%  It does appear that with goniopora the more colorful short tentacled specimens, like the pink and purple are more hardy than the more common greenish brown versions with long tentacles. With alveopora, most colonies have about the same hardiness.
Lighting: Seems to like moderate lighting in general.  Brightly colored specimens seem to like the highest intensity lighting. 
Water Current: Seem to prefer moderate water motion which keeps their polyps gently waving in the water current.
Temperature: Does well within a range of at least 77-84ยบ F
Aggressiveness:   low but needs room to extend tentacles.
Feeding: They are photosynthetic and also need fed regurlarly with plankton sized foods.
Supplements: Maintaining correct calcium and alkalinity levels is important for skeletal development
Tank Positioning: Best positioning is in moderate water flow, in a moderate to high light area of the tank.

Now with all that being said, there have been successes over the past few years. Most believed the problems were where they were collected from. When some began getting colonies that were surviving, they began culturing these colonies. These captive colonies have been being fragged and are surviving fairly well. Have a look at this link.

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2005/10/aafeature2

Goniopora
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« Last Edit: May 05, 2011, 07:50:10 PM by IridescentLily »
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Offline IridescentLily

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Alveopora






~April
Current Tank -29gallon Oceanic HQI...set up on 4/13/2011
Fish=yellow clown goby...Corals=torch coral, brain coral, lobo, ricordea, acan, chalice, zoa/paly garden, tuxedo urchin...Equipment =Tunze nano skimmer, stock 240 gph pump, 150 watt 14k Phoenix bulb, auto top-off, RO/DI reservoir, automatic water change system, power control board, auto temperature adjustment system, no refugium.