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Clove polyps are very similiar in appearance to Anthelia corals. A distinguishing feature is the base of the polyp; Anthelia polyps can only deflate, whereas Clavularia can retract its polyps completely. Clove polyps...


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Comments This coral is pretty easy to care for. Not extremely demanding or in need of perfect conditions. It is not an aggressive coral, but are sensitive. The slightest movement or touch and they close up. The clove polyps I have are purple with a watermelon green center, they look like a little flower pot growing in my tank =) They seem to grow quickly. I started with 3 polyps and now have 8 within 2 months.Very pretty to watch sway in the current.


Liked about it Easy to care for, pretty colorations, don't bother anyone else in the tank, very gentle movement.


Didn't like Nothing so far, but if mine does start to take over a rock and I couldn't find a home for them it would be a downfall.


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By Sherilw
Jul 11, 2010
 
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Affordable easy to care for coral

Comments Clove polyps are very good for beginners and they are quite forgiving or mistakes or slightly less than perfect water quality. They do not require high intensity lighting, supplemental feeding, or a tank with a protein skimmer to still thrive. I've successfully kept them in a 5.5 gallon nano tank as well as a 50 gallon reef tank.

They are very fast growing, not as much as xenia, but still, quite fast. If given the chance they will take over their section of the tank quite rapidly and push out other corals in the process. They seem to irritate palythoa and zoanthus.

Their forest-like growth provides a nice hiding place for micro-fauna.

Clove polyps come in many sizes and colors with the bright green, neon clove polyp being a favorite, or the blue clove polyp being one of my favorites. All seem easy to grow.


Liked about it 1. General morphology is pleasing: color, shape, movement in current all pleasant.
2. Easy to keep and maintain coral.
3. Affordable cost. The neon green and blue clove polyps can cost a little more, but are still generally within reach of most aquarist's budgets.


Didn't like 1. Because of the rapid growth of this coral it does require periodic "harvesting". If you have no place to put the cuttings, or no one to give them to, this may result in simply disposing of them which is not very satisfying since it is a living thing.
2. If allowed to it will crowd out other corals.
3. You will find that while you can buy clove polyps in your local fish shop, once you have them and they start growing all over your tank, you may not be able to give them away. Many experienced reef keepers have them, and have plenty of them!


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By tcamos
May 05, 2010
 
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fast growing softie

Comments extremely fast growing coral!!. this coral comes in a variety of colors and sizes, the clove polyp is a nice addition to any any tank, specially those that need a coral that adds life to the tank. when i first bought this coral i was told that it was going to spread like wildfire, but little did i know that just a couple of months later this thing had spread through most of the LR. if you are looking for a fast, beautiful, hardy, and cheap soft coral i would recommend the clove or xenia corals


Liked about it -growth
-hardy
-color


Didn't like -nothing, i was pretty satisfied with the polyp


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4.0

By gabranth17
Mar 12, 2010
 
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nice addition to the mixed reef

Comments I started with 3-5 polyps, and over the last 8 months have had to trim and sell a few dozen polyps to keep this under control. Great, intricate coloration in the veins of the coral.


Liked about it Nice motion with the flow, beautiful, flower like polyps. I have bright green veins that are nice coloration.


Didn't like This tends to creep and can easily take over rocks & smother other corals (zoas for me). Keep it well-tended.


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4.0

By hansmatt
Nov 06, 2009
 
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Hardy Coral

Comments Very easy to care for, great beginner coral, doesn't need much light or flow, fast grower and not aggressive


Liked about it This coral is pretty fast growing in all tank positioning. One of my first coral with only 3 polyps,they all have survived the last 6 months and now have about 15 polyps. Great addition to a tank


Didn't like Close up pretty easily (when moved or flow is changed). These corals are most of the time pretty small so hard to spot new polyps unless in a colony.


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By Reeftanker3295
Aug 07, 2009
 
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