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Old 01/01/2008, 06:08 PM
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Black Sun Coral

Im having success with my yellow sun coral and was thinking about going for the black ones........is there any difference in needs and behavior?
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Old 01/01/2008, 06:30 PM
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The general understanding seems to be that the black suns tend not to live even with the best of care. But see this thread for some apparent success:

http://archive.reefcentral.com/forum...readid=1277736
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Old 01/01/2008, 08:56 PM
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Seems the blacksuncoral needs to be fed a lot more then all the others in the hobby.
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Old 01/01/2008, 09:01 PM
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As far as I can tell, there are two types of black sun coral out there that are being seen right now. T. diaphana, which seems to form small clumps of more upright polyps, and T. micrantha, which forms long thick tree-like branches.

It can be hard to tell which is which on small specimens, but micrantha has a poor survival history in captivity. They apparently need HUGE amounts of flow, above and beyond what regular sun corals need.

Diaphana seems much more forgiving, and IME seems pretty much identical in care to the orange/yellow species, but I have also only been keeping ANY sun coral since October. I haven't seen much specific literature on diaphana though; books either address orange/yellow sun corals (not hard to do if you feed them enough), or warns keepers to avoid micrantha because it seems to need something extra and no one is yet sure what.
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Old 01/02/2008, 11:27 PM
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Old 01/03/2008, 07:59 AM
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Nice, Qwkwzrd! How long has that specimen been in captivity?
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Old 01/03/2008, 10:48 AM
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I've heard that they're much more finicky than your regular Tubastrea sp.
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Old 01/03/2008, 11:55 AM
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Are there such things as black dendros???
 

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