Candy Cane Coral without Feeders?

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Today, I just picked up a couple of frags from a local seller. Among them was a mint green candy cane frag. When I took a look after the lights when out, I noticed that the new mint green candy cane frag put out its feeders. However, on the other hand my neon green candy cane, I have never seen sweepers from it, within the 3 months or so period in which I had it. My question is there is any reason why some candy canes are more apt to put out feeders than others? Photos attached below from clarity. Thank you! IMG-8917.jpg IMG-8918.jpg
 
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It's not necessarily a sign of bad health.

I had to regularly feed my candy cane for it to start putting out tentacles at night. I did this by putting it in a bowl of tank water and placing food (pellets work great) on the polyp, and it would slowly eat. Fascinating to watch.
 

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They don’t have to have their tentacles out to take in nourishment. I have a colony that I have rarely seen with the tentacles.
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I started from just one tiny (1/4 inch) head as a rescue. I have a regular candy cane right above it that looks like duncan at night. As long as you don’t see it receding into it’s skeleton you’re fine.
 
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It could also just be feeding later. Unless you watch it all night you never know
It doesn't. I actually did spend a whole night watching it, also because of late night work, but yeah I've never seen it put out feeders. Hopefully in the future though.
They don’t have to have their tentacles out to take in nourishment. I have a colony that I have rarely seen with the tentacles.
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I started from just one tiny (1/4 inch) head as a rescue. I have a regular candy cane right above it that looks like duncan at night. As long as you don’t see it receding into it’s skeleton you’re fine.
Nice, I think I have the exact same one?
It's not necessarily a sign of bad health.

I had to regularly feed my candy cane for it to start putting out tentacles at night. I did this by putting it in a bowl of tank water and placing food (pellets work great) on the polyp, and it would slowly eat. Fascinating to watch.
Yeah its really fun to watch them eat. But when I feed them, its mouth just opens up to swallow the pellets.
 
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Have you been feeding it regularly ever since you got it, or just recently? It can take some time to "train" a coral to extend its tentacles IME.
I feed all my corals pellets every 2-3 days. For the candy, it seems to be full after a single pellet for each head.
 
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I feed all my corals pellets every 2-3 days. For the candy, it seems to be full after a single pellet for each head.
Hmm, not sure then. I guess just keep trying.

Come to think of it, I have a hammer that has never extended feeding tentacles in the 3 years I've had it.
 

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