Hey Duncan gurus...

daddy2kids

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I do not have any duncans but they look cool and I think they would do ok in my tank (zoos, palys, acans, & favia).

I am looking at one online that looks JUST like a glow-in-the dark aiptasia (amazing!), hence my question:

Are duncans anything like aiptasia in a take-over-my-tank-sense? Earlier this year I had to use Berghia nudibranchs to get rid of a very serious aiptasia infestation. All the aiptasia disappeared in April and the nudis disappeared shortly thereafter.

I'm interested in getting some duncans, but I don't care how cool they look--if they grow everywhere and take over my tank, like aiptasia, I'm going to pass.

Thanks in advance,
Sean
 

daddy2kids

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Excellent. Thank you very much.

Any suggestions on placement in a 46 gal bow front with 96 watt 10,000K and 96 watt "True Actinic" bulbs?

Also, any suggestions on flow?

Seems from other posts that they do great on mysis and cyclopeze, which is what I feed my fish and corals.
 

nonstopfishies

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You can put them pretty much anywhere, but in general I would say somewhere in the middle for lighting. Flow should medium to lowish too.
 

breakdanc3

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i feed myne every day ..or everyother day... i squirt some mysis shrimp on it .. my fiance bought it for me for $15 with 1 head, its definatly my favorite and it grows exponentially, the bigger it is the more heads that are produced. I think it needs light just as much as it needs feeding. my duncans are closed or shrunken during the night and open during the day. I've never had an issue with my duncans spreading like aptasia. It's got a CaCO3 base stalk so stays in place and tho its fast grower u probably wouldn't have to prune it or frag it for a year at least. but in 1 year of good growth u could go from 1 polyp to 20-30 polyps. so like size of a marble to size of a baseball.

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daddy2kids

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Also, does the cluster stay centralized? Or does it creep outwards indefinitely, like zoos and palys and favia?

I'm thinking of specific placement relative to liverock and other corals.
 

NYCBOB

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they dont grow like zoas. they grow new branches similar to frogspawn. i started off with 3 heads and now have over 25 easy. just feed them once per week.
 

ReeferBill

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Duncans?

Duncans?

A very cool coral that is a must have, it grows out of the same stalk that it comes on and only spreads if you frag it. I got 1 head and now I have a dozen . It grows like a small tabling acro. I wuold say it has grown from a half inch to 2 inches wide and 1.5 tall in 1 year.:bounce3:
 

Coastie5685

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I have to vouch for this coral as well. Very nice coral, its polyps dont sting, grows amazingly when u feed mysis or brine, lightin placement is moderate. A very easy coral to own. Good luck. Def purchase a small one polyp frag. Feed. And your money will triple

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bradleyj

Reefkeeping Mag Staff
I actually have 3 colonies of them and all are placed on the bottom in medium flow and do very well.
Beautiful LPS coral that multiplies very fast when happy.
You can see 2 of my colonies in this picture, one in the middle which is an ORA and one on the far right which is a wild colony.

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daddy2kids

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Thanks everyone! This will definitely be my next coral.... How on earth can I have gone for years without ever hearing of it? Must've spent too much time on the reef chemistry forum consistent with ReeferBill's comment about needing to be a chemist to have a reef (SO true)....

What's an ORA? Is that a type of Duncan? Or a place where I'd buy a Duncan?
 

kingfisher62

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Thanks everyone! This will definitely be my next coral.... How on earth can I have gone for years without ever hearing of it? Must've spent too much time on the reef chemistry forum consistent with ReeferBill's comment about needing to be a chemist to have a reef (SO true)....

What's an ORA? Is that a type of Duncan? Or a place where I'd buy a Duncan?

You were a lot like me. I went for years not hearing much about them and certainly never seeing them at any of my LFS's. I had seen some picks and were not to impressed. Someone gave me a coupon for petsolutions and while looking for some sort of coral i saw a good deal on a 3 head colony. So I went for it. When I recieved it I was totally amazed . I had no idea that the polyps could be as big as silver dollars. All the pictures I had ever saw gave me the impression that the polyps were dime size. Boy was I wrong.

Now They are definitely one of my favorites. They grow very fast for an LPS , easy to frag and very hardy. My 3 head frag is now fragged in to 4 colonies with about 60 heads total.

Original mother colony
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2 months later

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daddy2kids

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Hey kingfisher. I actually found your thread about the same time I posted my question, above. I spent a better part of the weekend slowly crawling through it.

You just answered one of my remaining questions--heads the size of a silver dollar? Do they all get that big? Yikes.
 

daddy2kids

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BTW, the photos in your thread are amazing, kingfisher. I can't seem to find the names of any of them, though. Zoos and palys and acans have a relatively consistent taxonomy of colors.

For example, what are the blue-gray duncans called?

How about the white white duncans?
 

kingfisher62

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I really do not know ! I think size and color depends mostly on lighting. Mature polyps can get huge but I noticed in my biocube the polyps do not get as large.
 
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