What are non photosynthetic corals?

Non photosynthetic corals (NPS) are some of the most unique corals you will ever see. They have the most odd shapes, textures, and cryptic behaviors. Their other name, azooxanthelle, suggests that their zooxanthelle is absent.

Is gorgonian photosynthetic?

Grube’s gorgonian is one of the few photosynthetic species from the Indo-Pacific that is commonly available in the hobby.

Are soft corals photosynthetic?

Unlike stony corals, most soft corals thrive in nutrient-rich waters with less intense light. Almost all use symbiotic photosynthetic zooxanthella as a major energy source.

What type of coral is gorgonian?

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Gorgonian Coral Come in Many Shapes and Colors A Gorgonian is a soft coral with small polyps. These corals actually have two types of polyps. The autozooid polyps function to consume plankton from the water.

What do you feed Sun corals?

Sun corals are masters at capturing prey. They will greedily accept Mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, copepods, rotifers as well as meaty foods like pieces of clam, chopped fish or other seafood (scallops, shrimp, etc.). The key is to have the food chopped up into small enough pieces.

What does NPS Coral mean?

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The acronym “NPS” refers to non-photosynthetic corals, and these types of corals get all their energy from food rather than photosynthetic energy from sunlight. In the wild NPS corals are found in shady caves or deep reefs, and their polyps open at night to catch passing food.

Are gorgonian corals hard to keep?

Gorgonian coral are both the easiest, and possibly hardest coral to keep in the home aquarium. Some species of gorgonian coral are photosynthetic, like most other coral such as acropora, montipora, acans, zoanthids, etc. These photosynthetic gorgonian coral are very easy to care for and make amazing beginner coral!

Why are sea fans put in aquariums?

The algae will carry out photosynthesis and the sea fans will get the energy as well as oxygen. Photosynthetic gorgonians love light, so be sure to place them in an area of your tank where they will be under moderate to high lighting for several hours a day.

Is gorgonian a soft coral?

Gorgonian corals are known as soft corals as they don’t have solid, fused skeletons like the hard, reef-building corals. They are more flexible and appear almost like under-water plants.

Is sea fan a soft coral?

Sea Fans: Sea Fan Corals. Sea Fans are similar to soft corals, however, they anchor themselves in mud or sand instead of attaching themselves to hard substrates. Most Sea Fans are nocturnal, only extending their polyps during the nighttime hours. They consume plankton and require strong currents to carry their food.

How often should I feed Sun Coral?

It takes about 10 minutes to feed a cubes worth of food to the coral. About every 3 minutes, several if not all of the polyps are waiting for the next batch of food.

Are sun corals hard to keep?

Sun coral care Most people who have kept Tubastraea corals in their tanks would say this is a moderately difficult species. Unfortunately, some newer, relatively less-experienced aquarium-keepers have had trouble getting them to open up and accept foods.

What do you need to know about photosynthetic gorgonians?

Most photosynthetic gorgonians are hardy and fairly easy to keep, but they do have a few specific care requirements to keep in mind. First and foremost is flow. Almost all gorgonians like fairly robust water movement, but too much flow can interfere with their feeding.

Which is easier to care for gorgonian corals or non photosynthetic corals?

Photosynthetic corals are much easier to care for (in some senses) than non-photosynthetic ones, especially in a home aquarium environment. The reason for this is that a constant — meaning, a truly ever-present — source of organic matter needs to be flowing through the water to sustain non-photosynthetic Gorgonian corals.

What kind of light does a gorgonian need?

Many genera commonly found in the aquarium trade (e.g. Pterogorgia, Eunicea, Muriceopsis) come from very shallow water and are regularly exposed to intense sunlight. Some can tolerate a bit less light though, and pretty much all gorgonians are considered less picky about light than SPS or even LPS corals.

What happens if you put too much light on gorgonian coral?

It is important to be careful as to not overexpose the Gorgonian coral, even if it is photosynthetic. If there is too much light, the coral will expel the zooxanthellae and it will lose its color (turn whitish). This the result of this process is called coral bleaching, and can increase the risk of losing the entire colony.