A Reef 2 Reef Spotlight "Sunny Delight"

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Brought back from the dead, the Spotlight is rearing its ugly head with some solar energy.

Sunny Delight



If you are "lucky" enough to have experienced the nectar that dawned the "Solar Energy" marketing campaign, than you know what to expect from a paly named Sunny Delight (or Sunny D for short). If you aren't familiar with the product line I've included a picture below,mmmmmmmm......


:dribble: Wipe off the drool and let's talk characteristics and parameters: :dribble:


Lighting:
- Sunny Delights are a light tolerant palys that will display maximum color at the bottom/middle of a high light tank.
- Expect some blurring of colors (missing the distinct rings) when placed in lower light situations

Flow:
- Ideal location would be a medium flow location receiving indirect current.
- I've had good luck placing mine in a location where it received medium/high flow that comes off a side wall.

Feeding:
- While not a requirement, these palys (like most palys) will respond to being fed.
- Meaty foods or small pellets is a safe way to go.

Origins:
- Originally named Vivid's Rainbows, dfladermaus explains the name change with the following:

Thanks Ian. You got it totally right. At the time I bought them vivid was selling them for vey cheap. Before the craze. I think I paid 30$ for like 15 or so polyps. I grew them out and started trading/selling them. But I thought vivid's name was confusing so I called them sunny delights. Pretty boring story but that is how it goes.
https://www.reef2reef.com/forums/f14/origin-sunny-ds-rainbow-polyp-35834.html

Rarity:
- Not widely available but easy enough to find through a good google search.

ID Confusions:
- As noted above, this paly may or may not be directly linked to Vivid's Rainbows. I'm hoping that this spotlight will help address those questions, and if a new conclusion is derived I will update the information on here accordingly.

Other Information:
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wow nobody? well I have to say that these are some totally awesome palys!! I just got some maybe a week ago and although they were really slow to open up, when they did i could not take my eyes away! They are now my new favorite!

Also this came from Scopus Tang as the final conclusion (https://www.reef2reef.com/forums/f14/origin-sunny-ds-rainbow-polyp-35834.html):

"So Sunny D's are a morph of the original Vivid Rainbows, and the application of the name to a later group of these polyps has probably confused the issue. Hence why some people are referencing the current Vivid Rainbows as Sunny D's, and others are saying that they are different polyps. At least that explains some of the confusion"

Basically I would say that they were originally they same but the sunny d's have now become a morph of the vivids rainbows and have white speckles on the skirt as well as more of a yellow coloration. While the Vivid Rainbows remain the same orange coloration but both with the same pattern.
 

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I picked up a single "Vivid Rainbow" directly from Vivid about a year and a half ago now. Since then only 2 new polyps have grown. Do you find these palys grow slower than the norm for you as well?
 

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not sure if you were addressing me or not, but I am actually getting my vivid rainbows in the mail today about two polyps. The sunny d i received has one baby growing on it, but i also just received that one. I do not have the experience with them; however, i have heard from all over that they are pretty slow growers. It usually depends on the conditions in your tank though as well. I have power compacts in my tank so corals that like low lighting go crazy in my tank. Usually zoas and palys especially get really big for me and have a really good growth rate. For instance, Candy Apple Reds I have heard usually grow about one polyp a month, but in my tank i have been averaging one every three weeks. Its not a big difference, but over time it can really make a difference!
 

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Here is my colony. There are a few more since this shot.



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wow those are crazy rev...they are soooo pretty...
i acquired 12 polyps last year and yeah they are slow to open up,i traded a few polyps,it grew me 2 polyps in a month..but then i had an issue with alk and its one of my zoas/palys that got affected...i managed to save 5 polyps but they look really bad no color at all...its starting to color up now...
sorry for the ugly pic
 

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Im going to have to get me some of these if i can find them..........Awsome paly!!
 

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Great write-up Luciano! Wish I had something to contribute on these - but I've never aquired true Sunny D's, mine are Vivid's Rainbows.

Also this came from Scopus Tang as the final conclusion (https://www.reef2reef.com/forums/f14/origin-sunny-ds-rainbow-polyp-35834.html):

"So Sunny D's are a morph of the original Vivid Rainbows, and the application of the name to a later group of these polyps has probably confused the issue. Hence why some people are referencing the current Vivid Rainbows as Sunny D's, and others are saying that they are different polyps. At least that explains some of the confusion"

Basically I would say that they were originally they same but the sunny d's have now become a morph of the vivids rainbows and have white speckles on the skirt as well as more of a yellow coloration. While the Vivid Rainbows remain the same orange coloration but both with the same pattern.
How strange it is to wake up, get on the computer in the morning and find yourself quoted LOL!

At any rate, one of the things that I would still like to know - that I'm not sure we will ever know the answer to - is if Mike (aka flricordia) ever actually aquired true Sunny D's or if he simply took to calling his Vivid Rainbows Sunny Ds. If so, obviously that has only added to the confusion. One of the other things that I think would really help is if someone could get a side by side shot of Sunny Ds and Vivid Rainbows, so the distinction is clear and easy to see. CoralQueen, since you've indicated you will soon have both, perhaps you could do that for us?
 

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Great write-up Luciano! Wish I had something to contribute on these - but I've never aquired true Sunny D's, mine are Vivid's Rainbows.



How strange it is to wake up, get on the computer in the morning and find yourself quoted LOL!

At any rate, one of the things that I would still like to know - that I'm not sure we will ever know the answer to - is if Mike (aka flricordia) ever actually aquired true Sunny D's or if he simply took to calling his Vivid Rainbows Sunny Ds. If so, obviously that has only added to the confusion. One of the other things that I think would really help is if someone could get a side by side shot of Sunny Ds and Vivid Rainbows, so the distinction is clear and easy to see. CoralQueen, since you've indicated you will soon have both, perhaps you could do that for us?
sure thing! I believe that someone posted a side by side shot on the thread that you started, but i will definitely add my own as soon as everything is opened up and happy... not sure how long that will take =/
 

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great thread. mine were doing ok until i got that hybrid lemon peel. she liked all of my colorful ones. zoas are finally recovering and glad that angel is now in one of my customers tank. great photos as well Rev.
 

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Reefingpasadena posted this pic (Sunny ds, vivid rainbows under them, and Raptors Rainbows below that):

https://www.reef2reef.com/forums/f14/origin-sunny-ds-rainbow-polyp-35834.html#post388024

i think that link takes you directly to the image not sure how to add it directly to the thread. but anyway i think it really shows the yellowish hue of the sunny ds with the lightly speckled skirt in comparison to the oranger hue of the vivid rainbows. But also shows the similarity of the almost identical basic pattern. These are both under the exact same lighting so there should be no bias about the effect of the lighting.

and awesome pics Rev! so jealous of the colony! soon i will be there... soon =)
 
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im not sure where they came from and they could possibly be a morph from the Vivid Rainbows but they are deffinitly different by looks. Everyone thinks they look the same but they look nothing a like, look at this pic and tell me if they look similar.

sunny ds at the top, Vivid Rainbows right under them and there is the Raptors Rainbows at the bottom.
Here you go.
 

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Reefingpasadena posted this pic (Sunny ds, vivid rainbows under them, and Raptors Rainbows below that):

https://www.reef2reef.com/forums/f14/origin-sunny-ds-rainbow-polyp-35834.html#post388024

i think that link takes you directly to the image not sure how to add it directly to the thread. but anyway i think it really shows the yellowish hue of the sunny ds with the lightly speckled skirt in comparison to the oranger hue of the vivid rainbows. But also shows the similarity of the almost identical basic pattern. These are both under the exact same lighting so there should be no bias about the effect of the lighting.

and awesome pics Rev! so jealous of the colony! soon i will be there... soon =)
Here you go.
Awesome; thank you both!
 

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I add some more info to this story I think. After purchasing the "original" sunny d's from vivid under the name vivid rainbow, I went back to vivid to see if he had more and unfortunately Dave at the time told me they did not. I do not know if the Vivid Rainbows he sells now are the same as the ones I bought years ago, but I would surmise that they are from a different colony. The ones I have and still sell are from the original piece I got 3 years ago. Good luck figuring it out!
 
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i love these palys if anyone has them avaliable shoot me a pm thanks
 

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Here are mine. I've grown about 4 new polyps in the last couple of months (8 total now.) Thank you so much for this post. I had thought the loss of color definition was due to too much light. Hopefully mine will look like that soon!
 

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Sunny D's are some of the nicest palys in my 24 gallon. It grows about 4-6 polyps a month now and I feed them mysis every other day, along with some oyster, phyto, and roti-feast when I feed my other corals.

 

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Wow those look amazing! I want some now. Does vivid have the best looking rainbow pallys though? Or if you guys have any lmk
 

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These are one of my favorites that I have. Pictures taken with a Cannon Power Shot SD1000. 2 UV bulb Actinics for the actinic shot. Natural sunlight with 2 UV white bulbs (can't remember if 75.25 or what) and 2 UV actinic bulbs. No flash.



 

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