Coral identification please and help

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Hi, my wife bought me a gift as I’m just getting into reef keeping and I have a feeling she has bought an LPS coral which I’m aware are much harder to keep than soft corals.

Can anyone help please in identifying this coral for me and also any advice on how to keep it alive?

Many thanks in advance.

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Reply #1

Hi not a great picture but I’m sure that is a Duncan, lps coral, keep it down low and in moderate to low flow.
They don’t need feeding directly but they will catch food when you feed fish.


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Thanks,

From looking on the net, I thought it was a Duncan too. I have but it in my sand bed in the shadow of a rock so out of direct light mainly. I have also placed my power head lower down so it is directed at the back af a large piece of rock as I can’t reduce the output (cheap power head).

What would you suggest with regard to supplements?

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Reply #3

Don’t shade it, put in direct light low down, they don’t need any supplements, keep a eye on your alkalinity, calcium and magnesium.


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I shaded it a little as my tank is only 40cm deep and the light unit is about another 10cm from the surface. It is a Zetlight without a controller so I can only have the lights on at either full white, or blue at the minute. With this in mind I wasn’t sure if it would be too much light for it as like you said, they usually are deeper down with less light!

It definitely seems happier in less flow as it originally looked like it was being blown quite heavily to one side.

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Reply #5

I still think it will be better in direct light, the zooxanthellae need light to thrive.


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Reply #6

I’ll give it a go and see what happens! Are there tell tale signs that the coral isn’t happy?

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Yes it won’t extend it’s polyps




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Right ok,

After half an hour of introducing it last night all it’s polyps we’re out and it looked exactly as it did in the shop!

Is that a good sign?

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Yes that’s good


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