Goniopora: Should we keep them?

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They are beautiful, they entrance us and they are said to be one of the more difficult to maintain in our systems.

"Over the years, we have "cracked the code" on many kinds of corals and other marine organisms. Many can remember when Acropora were considered impossible to grow in captivity. Today, there are numerous captive-grown strains firmly established in the hobby."

"Goniopora is just the latest group of corals with the "keep away" label--but I have no doubt it will soon be put on the "been there, done that" list. I feel we are already on the way to establishing domesticated strains of Goniopora as we have with so many coral and other reef aquarium invertebrates. Captive-grown coral grow faster and are hardier than wild-collected colonies. Not only has the coral itself adapted to captivity but the bacteria, zooaxanthellae, and other symbiotic organisms also have adapted."

"That being said, you must do what is necessary to keep these corals alive and thriving. As with Acropora, Goniopora are not the best beginner coral." Justin Credabel 2005

So, having read the above and more, me and Nancy bought a Goniopoara stokesi as pictured above. Was it a mistake? We do not think so. If the dealer was right our specimen was aqua-cultured and should therefore be much hardier and more apt to thrive in the enclosed environment of a reef tank.

We have researched and believe that we will be able to give this specimen a good home. Starting with a feeding schedule that seems scary and way over done. I've started with a blend of;
1 ounce of crushed Mysis.
12ml of Reef Nutrition Roti-Feast.
12ml of Reef Nutrition Phyto-FeastŪ.
6ml Oyster-FeastŪ.
This slurry was mixed to a lovely shade of green and put into an old frozen Mysis shrimp container. This gave us 12 cubes.
One cube mixed with 24ml of tank water, then applied around the coral with a syringe. It's thick enough that with all pumps and power heads off it will literally cloud around it and hardly move.
The plan is to feed 3 times a week just before lights out.
With the other corals that we keep this feeding schedule will also cover those corals too.

Justin Credabel, October 2005 Feature Article: The Successful Aquarium Culture of Goniopora Species, Advanced Aquarist's Online Magazine, October 2005
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