Brightly Colored Soft Corals (not zoanthids)

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  1. jlanger

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    I have really liked how my soft coral dominated nano tank has filled in but when compared to my SPS dominated reef tank, the soft corals lack a wide variety of color. I'm not including the wide range of colors I get from the zoanthids, I'm more concerned with the soft corals that grow into a branching or umbrella form.
    As the lighting ramps down for the night, the zoanthids glow in a kaleidoscope of colors but the leather corals, the nephthea corals, the xenia, anthelia and cespitularia corals fade into a mostly dull color with a few standout neon green sinularia or nephthea corals. I'm on the lookout for some other bright soft corals that could add some dynamic colors at dusk; and during the day for that matter. I would really like to find something in the red or orange color range. I have a nice Fiji Yellow Sarcophyton that looks nice during the day, but it doesn't fluoresce during the dusk photoperiod.

    I know that most of the chili corals (Scleronephthya sp.) come in bright color combinations, but I don't know if my nano system is right for any NPS corals. Has anyone kept any chili corals successfully long term?

    I think my red goniopora would look great in this tank, but it's just too big. I suppose I could pick up a small frag for this tank.

    At the TCMAS Spring Expo, one of the vendors had a purple gorgonian with bright yellow polyps that looked interesting. Did anyone purchase one of these? If so, did it fare well in your system? Or did it wither away?

    Any suggestions or opinions would be appreciated.
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    What about an LPS? If so, my blastos brighten up the tank during ramps. Also on the lps side a good ol orange crush acan helps too. I assume you don't want to put any anemones back in the tank
     
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    Definitely no more anemones!

    There's plenty of nice LPS corals to add color, but I'm looking for something more vertical in growth form.
    I have a good sized area that is dominated by leather corals that needs to have something with a punch of color along with the height to go beyond the leathers for that dramatic color composition. The green sinularia leather corals are perfect but when green is the only color option, it gets boring.
     
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    I was looking through the LiveAquaria corals earlier. That one caught my eye when it said "Red Tip", but from the photo it looks like it would be washed out during the dusk hours; although the daytime colors would look nice.
    I'm still debating on if I head over to Rhinelander this weekend. It would be a good opportunity to see what's available and what they may appear like under the blue lights.
     
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    I just took a screen shot of this one last week. Never heard of tree coral before. Looks cool

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    Thanks, Mark.
    It sounds like the Stereonepthya sp. may be easier to keep than the other Xxxxnepthya corals. The yellow tissue shows some promise as long as it doesn't fade out like the Fiji Yellow Sarcophyton coral does; which is a bummer.
    I'll put this coral on my list of those to look into further.
     
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    Great keep me updated. I haven't done any searching yet.
     
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    I picked up one of those gorgs. Been doing great. I don't do any extra feedings or anything special for it.


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    Sounds like a beauty. If anyone has a frag of this I would be interested ;)
     
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    The biggest issue in the past with all those tree or "fireworks" corals is that they generally do not sustain themselves on light alone as with a normal leather. Perhaps they found some variations that do but generally when diving you can find them in caves and overhangs since they don't need light.

    I'd be very interested to know if these truly survive on lighting alone.

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    Here's an example of one I snapped a photo of at 70' under a large overhang. Obviously a different color variety.
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    There were others we found a number of on sand bank in higher current (25-45') and always as an individual, never in a larger colony.

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