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Old 04-15-2005, 11:50 AM   #1
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Torch Coral


I saw this beautiful Torch Coral at the LFS this week and I managed to make myself walk away from it because I hadn't researched it yet. I really really really want this coral.

I have read that the torch coral is somewhat difficult to keep. Is this true?

Can anyone give me some opinions and experiences?
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Old 04-15-2005, 12:00 PM   #2
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Torch is not that hard to keep. In fact. they can be very prolific with the right setup. You could probably get a frag from a local hobbist much cheaper that any LFS.
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Old 04-15-2005, 12:02 PM   #3
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I have one doing well in my tank with even less light than you have....

It hasn't been in there a long long time, maybe a month or two? But seems to be doing fine.

I'd say go for it, especially with the clowns.... afterall there is a chance they'll decide that coral is a home
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Old 04-15-2005, 12:15 PM   #4
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Congrats on walking away.

LPS, as this is what it's called, do need some light. I'm not sure if your PC's will be enough for it. Torch, frogspawn, hammers and the like usually like low to med flow and will tolerate low light (low light meaning VHO's not sure again on PC"s) basically you have branching and wall. IMO the wall is not as hardy as the branching type and definately harder to frag.

They photosenthize (sp) their food as like most corals, althought they will catch food now and then- I would not spot feed them.

Your signature, sounds like you converted over form a FOWLR to reef?
http://www.reefs.org/library/article/lps_expansion.html

http://www.reefs.org/library/farmertodd/frag/lps/3.htm
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Old 04-15-2005, 12:21 PM   #5
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Congrats on walking away.

LPS, as this is what it's called, do need some light. I'm not sure if your PC's will be enough for it. Torch, frogspawn, hammers and the like usually like low to med flow and will tolerate low light (low light meaning VHO's not sure again on PC"s) basically you have branching and wall. IMO the wall is not as hardy as the branching type and definately harder to frag.

They photosenthize (sp) their food as like most corals, althought they will catch food now and then- I would not spot feed them.

Your signature, sounds like you converted over form a FOWLR to reef?
http://www.reefs.org/library/article/lps_expansion.html

http://www.reefs.org/library/farmertodd/frag/lps/3.htm
No, I am just taking it slow adding the corals. They make me nervous because I don't want to kill anything. I have a Mushroom coral and 2 Starburst Polyps.

I am planning on a FOWLR in the future.

Thanks for the links.
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Old 04-15-2005, 12:40 PM   #6
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RE: LPS under PCs,

I have a frogspawn in my tanks I've had a while, it is just under 3 watts / gallon lit by PCs, The frogspawn is growing and growing new heads, alot of people very sucessfully raise LPS without MH lights. Of course alot depends on the depth in the tank you want to put them.
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Old 04-15-2005, 02:00 PM   #7
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I have had a torch coral for several years under vho lighting and it is doing quite well. I would rate it as a little tougher to care for than a bubble coral but then again, those are relatively easy. It is good to hear that you can walk away and research instead of implusively buying.
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Old 04-15-2005, 03:11 PM   #8
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I have a torch and have had it for several months. first, it was in my 29 gallon, with 130 watts of PC and it did GREAT! In fact, just before moving up to my 80 gallon, my 2 clowns decided to host in it! Now, in the 80 gallon for about 2 weeks, it is still doing great and extending hugely everyday, even with the 2 clowns in it. I now have 2 175 watt metal halides, 2 55 watt daylight PCs and 2 55 watt actinic PCs for lighting. It is one of my favorite corals, I love the way it glows and I love the way it flows around. I have it in an area that does not get direct flow on it and it seems happy by the way it looks everyday. While in the 29 I fed zooplankton and phytoplankton about every 3 days. In their new home, I have not begun this yet but will soon.

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Old 04-15-2005, 03:49 PM   #9
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I will try to post a picture of my torch with the 2 clowns...



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Old 04-15-2005, 04:05 PM   #10
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click on it to see it bigger...

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Old 04-15-2005, 04:39 PM   #11
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Good job on walking away. When I see somthing I like I HAVE to buy it....lol
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Old 04-15-2005, 09:31 PM   #12
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I will try to post a picture of my torch with the 2 clowns...



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Do the clowns cause the torch to close up a lot? I was thinking about adding a couple of clowns in my 75. I have a torch with 5 heads and a pink tipped long tentacle plate coral about 6 inches across. I was just afraid the corals would not open up, wither and die.
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Old 04-15-2005, 10:03 PM   #13
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Both my torches did great under my 4 x 65 watts PC system. I now have MH but they did great under my lights. You have more light than I did.
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hmmm...


I feed my Euphyllia spp....


about once a week. They grow like weeds.
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Old 04-16-2005, 02:28 AM   #15
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No, at first the torch did not open as much but still opened some.... NOW 3 weeks later the torch is FULL open and could care less the clowns are in it 24/7... it is so cute to watch the clowns... they just go head in all the time into the torch, actually shaking their heads back and forth into the torch... they LOVE their torch!!

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