Torch Coral Questions - funny tentacles

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I've had a small torch coral for a few months now, and it seems to be doing OK though it occasionally has a sulky mood and retracts. I've noticed a couple of things and wanted to check whether any action is required.

I've firstly attached a photo of it under decent lighting conditions and in a good mood.

The other photos were taken just now with the tank lights off and just ambient light, so apologies for the colouration etc.
Firstly there is one tentacle with a bulging end (bottom centre of the second pic)
Secondly there is one tentacle with a branched end (top centre of the third pic)
And then there are what look like baby tentacles nestled among the big ones (last two pics)

Are these good, bad or weird signs? Anything I should do?

I'll note that I did damage one tentacle a few weeks ago while doing a water-change; I accidentally sucked the end off it :( I don't know if that is the same one that is now either bulged or split.

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Reply #1

You do often see anomalys like that .it looks perfectly healthy to me,Idont know what the others think?
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Reply #2

I would agree with Carol all looks normal, seen it on mine too.
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Reply #3

Ok, that's a relief. I was wondering if there was something wrong with it, or my positioning of it. I'm sure it's growing.

I wondered if the clowns might decide to host it, but they're not at all interested and seem to prefer the gorgonian!
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Reply #4

Agree.  Mine's got loads of wonky bits.  Had it for a couple of years, and seems to just be how they are.

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Reply #5

Looks like a healthy one to me.

Those little deformities bother you more than they bother it. lol
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Reply #6

My torch use to be like that but my torch then decided it would randomly eject tentacles that would float round and I would look in my tank to see them wrapped round my SPS so it had to go apparently it was its own way to try and propagate but was battering my SPS in process.

Also watch out for its sweepers !!! Mine stretched out one night and absolutely battered a colt coral it was reduced to a ball of snot overnight so make sure it has plenty of space :)

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I understand that a torch is the most agressive LPS you can possibly have?
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Reply #8

It is and a Cataphillia packs a punch

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Crikey never knew that. Have they improved thier survival rates? Coz a while ago they were hard to get then when they came back they didnt last long. Ive never had one due to those reasons. At one time 100.00 plus was asked for quite small ones.
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Reply #10

Mine was only about £15, nominally one head but actually splitting into two (it is now definitely two and maybe a third on the way). I've had it a few months now.

I've got it in a bottom front corner of the tank, at least 8" from the nearest other coral (apart from one small group of non-precious zoas).

I did get a nasty sting off it when I first put it in, have been wary of it since. But it seems to be doing well and eats quarter-inch bits of prawn, mussel, or scallop every couple of weeks. I'm not sure if that's what it's supposed to be fed? My ricordeas get the same diet.


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And thats another  thing I did not know,that they can sting you.... :O
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Reply #12

Worse than nettles, not as bad as some jellyfish.

Someone may correct me here (just from memory as I'm away from my books), but I think a lot of this family of corals (hammers, torches, frogspawn etc) come in two variants - where the skeleton is either branched or continuous. The branched ones survive much better in aquaria. To harvest/frag the continuous ones they have to be split through the live bits and the cut edge tends to go bad quickly.

Have I made that up or can someone confirm?


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No I think that all rings a bell,from distant memory. Very interesting facts.
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Reply #14

This is a useful reference which confirms my memory:

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2012/10/corals


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