NPS photos

kharmaguru

Premium Member
It's been too long since we had some NPS eye candy posted in this forum. So how about I get it going again, here are a few of my NPS corals, please feel free to add pictures of yours too. :)

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Beautiful pictures. I can't say I know anything about nps corals but I find they often look like goniopora. Are they a type?
 

Noah_Reefing

Active member
nice corals. the ones that look like goniopora or duncans are LPS and they are dendrophyllia and they are the easiest to keep as they can eat foods like pellets. i plan on getting some dendronepthea and black dendrophillia someday soon
 

LisaP

Premium Member
Beautiful pictures. I can't say I know anything about nps corals but I find they often look like goniopora. Are they a type?
All but one are from the same family (Dendrophylliidae), they are generally referred to as sun corals. The last photo is from a different family but is really just a big single sun coral polyp. :D
 

LisaP

Premium Member
Here are a few more:

Wire corals, a couple of Chirrhipathes sp. and a Stichopathes sp.

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Balanophyllia sp.

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Menella
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And a FTS as requested :)


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The large polyped NPS corals (sun corals etc) are target fed probably 6 out of 7 days on average. Most often I give them Mysis, Krill pacifica or LPS pellets, sometimes I include chopped squid, lance fish, mussel etc. I also add copepods, lobster eggs, Calanus, fish eggs and various powdered foods for the gorgonians etc. Regular additions of phytoplankton too for those that appreciate it.
 

Noah_Reefing

Active member
Here are a few more:

Wire corals, a couple of Chirrhipathes sp. and a Stichopathes sp.

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Balanophyllia sp.

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Menella
gorgonian

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And a FTS as requested :)


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The large polyped NPS corals (sun corals etc) are target fed probably 6 out of 7 days on average. Most often I give them Mysis, Krill pacifica or LPS pellets, sometimes I include chopped squid, lance fish, mussel etc. I also add copepods, lobster eggs, Calanus, fish eggs and various powdered foods for the gorgonians etc. Regular additions of phytoplankton too for those that appreciate it.
what do you do on vacation? which corals prefer phytoplankton the most?
 

LisaP

Premium Member
what do you do on vacation? which corals prefer phytoplankton the most?
I don't go on holiday, lol. :p Seriously when I'm away my son feeds the tank, I have him well trained.

To be honest I really have no idea what eats the phytoplankton, I am adding it in the hope that it benefits the tube worms, filter feeding bivalves etc. :)
 

Noah_Reefing

Active member
im hopefully just going to keep dendronepthea and mabye black sun coral. can they kinda survive on their own? ik dendro can but idk about sun corals cause they eat large prey. would gut loading them with nutrients work?
 

LisaP

Premium Member
Well fed NPS corals should be able to withstand a two week fast without too much trouble. Certainly sun corals will be totally fine, a bit unhappy maybe but still fine in the long run. :LOL:

Dendronepthea is a whole different ball game however, feeding them is a tricky proposition at the best of times. I would imagine an auto feeder would be a good idea, even when at home an auto feeder would help enormously. I haven't tried keeping them so take what I say with a pinch of salt. I'm just going on what I've read in books etc. ;)
 

shred5

Premium Member
Love it.
I always wanted to set up another NPS tank with a continuous feed system from a refrigerator and a massive refugium to help handle the load and for allot of critters to live and spawn in. I just do not have the time right now.
Allot of nps corals need almost continuous feedings or they slowly starve.
 

Noah_Reefing

Active member
Love it.
I always wanted to set up another NPS tank with a continuous feed system from a refrigerator and a massive refugium to help handle the load and for allot of critters to live and spawn in. I just do not have the time right now.
Allot of nps corals need almost continuous feedings or they slowly starve.
you just need to keep the tank in darkness
 

LisaP

Premium Member
Love it.
I always wanted to set up another NPS tank with a continuous feed system from a refrigerator and a massive refugium to help handle the load and for allot of critters to live and spawn in. I just do not have the time right now.
Allot of nps corals need almost continuous feedings or they slowly starve.
I keep toying with the idea of going all NPS. I’ve always wanted to try it but I’m not sure I’m ready to part with my light loving corals quite yet :) Plus NPS are quite hard to source over here, it’s taken years to track down my current stock.
 

shred5

Premium Member
I keep toying with the idea of going all NPS. I’ve always wanted to try it but I’m not sure I’m ready to part with my light loving corals quite yet :) Plus NPS are quite hard to source over here, it’s taken years to track down my current stock.

Yea other than suncorals and dendro's most are hard to get here t0o and dendros are now not cheap.
Suncorals and dendros are so much easier than the rest.
I think the rest are just so hard to keep and only a few really want to put in the time and effort they are just not collected. The few that come in I think end up in the hands of those who really do not know what they are and perish.
 
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