What are these corals?

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Can someone help me tell me what corals these are please?


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Reply #1

Picture 1 .  + 6 , look like Anthelia
4 . Looks like furry mushroom or could be toadstool leather .
5 . Looks like a sponge .
3 . Looks like tube coral .
2 . Looks like a anemone , not sure what species .
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Reply #2

5 looks like a retracted gonipora

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Reply #3

1 and 6 look like Xenia, do the polyps pulse (open close by itself)
4 is toadstool
2 looks like GSP

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Reply #4

2 is green star polyps.
1 and 6 is pulsing Xenia.
5 is goniapora
4 is a toadstool "leather coral"
3 is some species of zoanthid/protopalythoa, look on google images, there's thousands of varieties.
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Reply #5

3 is probably parazoanthus.  Zoas and palys usually have grey skin.

They are very similar to zoas but their sting is stronger
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Reply #6

So would these corals be good for beginners?
Also what about feeding, as I've read some corals just feed from the light and water and others suggest feeding directly.
If they do need food directly what and how would they be fed?

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Reply #7

The soft corals: Xenia, GSP, zoa (although I don’t have experience with parazoa) and toadstool are all hardy and relatively easy. No specific feeding required, assuming you have fish that gets fed. They don’t mind extra feeding but should be okay without. The goniopora is LPS coral and will probably do better when tank is more mature (>6mo).

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Reply #8

The goniopora (or is it an alveopora) will also require monitoring of the alk and calcium as it's a stony coral. 🙂

One other point - while these are all good hardy beginner corals,  some can become quite invasive if left unchecked. The xenia, yellow polyps and green star polyps in particular are quite fast growers.
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The goniopora (or is it an alveopora) will also require monitoring of the alk and calcium as it's a stony coral. 🙂

One other point - while these are all good hardy beginner corals,  some can become quite invasive if left unchecked. The xenia, yellow polyps and green star polyps in particular are quite fast growers.

When you say fast growers, how fast do they grow?

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Reply #10

When you say fast growers, how fast do they grow?

Not sure how to quantify it really - just that they are hardy and grow a lot faster than other corals.

All I'm saying is once the tank gets going you'll want to keep an eye on them otherwise you can easily end with a tank completely covered with xenia or polyps. 
I made this mistake myself with red mushrooms, after two years or so cutting them back, I ended up tossing the rock out to get rid of them.
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