How Big Is Your Pectinia?! The Once Popular Space Invader Pectinia...

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  1. CaliAquariums

    CaliAquariums Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    Here at California Aquariums, we have had our Space Invader Pectinia for just about 2 years. We have cut over 20 frags from it and it never seems to phase it. Its bright green body and glowing yellow eyes seem to always awe our customers who walk by it.

    The Space Invader Pectinia was once a very popular coral that fetched a pretty penny, selling for $300 per eye. The price has since dropped and it seems to have also lost its popularity amongst hobbyists (I could be wrong). We know that during the Pectinia craze, many were sold and have had a chance to settle in and grow in people's reefs.

    Our Mother Colony: 8" x 5"

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    This coral doesn't ask much of us. It is very happy in low flow and lower light. In fact, we have it tucked away in the dead spot of our show tank where extra food tends to congregate. We have several clients with frags from our colony that are just as happy in moderate flow and well lit areas of their tanks!

    The one down side to owning a Pectinia is that not much can be kept in its vicinity. Pectina's are known for their sweeper tentacles that can reach almost 6"+, at least thats how far ours reaches. You almost have to be strategic when it comes to its placement.

    Here you can see the sweeper tentacles extended after a feeding:
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    Here are a few up close and personal shots to show the extent of this corals beauty! It really is mesmerizing to see the sparkles embedded in its flesh.

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    Pictures like this one, really put the corals structure and function into perspective for us. You can see where the sweeper tentacles extend from and how each tentacles has tiny little florescent green specks. We never noticed those before taking this picture.
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    We would love to hear people's thoughts about this OG coral. Tell us where you have strategically placed yours and what parameters are ideal for your Pectinia's happiness. Growth rates, food consumption, sweeper tentacle reach, etc... Pictures are always nice :)


    Lastly, here is a short clip of our Space Invader dangling its sweeper tentacles around!


    Thanks for reading!

    - California Aquariums


     
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    Chris Adams Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    It is a beautiful coral
     
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    Shep Acan Connoisseur Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Photo of the Month Award

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    I've always wanted one but they still seem to cost a lot :(
     
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    Great thread.
     
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    Nice
     
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    I think they are running around $50 an eye now...For a hardy coral its not too bad. If you can make it to any local coral shows or swaps, you may even find a better deal!
     
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    I have one since it was smaller like a quarter size. It is very easy to keep and grow OK. However, its neighbors are not very happy. Mine has tentacles as long as 4 inches and it stinks all the neighbors left and right; the bubble tip is way up 5 inches away and they touched a few times (I don't know who wins). Also, mine grows vertically a bit more than horizontally, maybe due to space limitation.


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    Just cut the sweeper tentacles
     
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    Mine is about 5" and everything you mentioned
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    Hi guys I only have a night photo for now because everything is asleep. I can try for a day photo later. My pectina is at least 16" diameter and is hosted by 5 hybrid clowns you can see sleeping like they are on a Sealy mattress. I have never seen sweepers, but that may be due to lack of observation. This animal is sitting in the bottom of my 300g lagoon under one 400w 10k mh and 4x54w giesemann actinics (both driven by icecap ballasts). It gets low flow and has been extremely hearty.
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    I found a few older day photos for now.



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    Here's mine. It's a little bigger than a soccer ball. I've grown it from a single eye frag over 6 years ago. Actually, I forgot how longs it's been!

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    Here is mine. I have it in the front of the tank away from the flow. Picked it up a month or so ago from a member who was getting out.
     
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    Not in my dictionary ;)
     
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    This is from last year but it tripled in size as of now.
    Will shoot a pic tomorrow as I think it's the size of a voleyball.

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    Haha I'm actually a little curious what cutting the sweepers would do! Can I dare anyone???

    1. Probably the largest Pectinia I have seen a picture of!
    2. Its pretty awesome that your clowns are hosting that bad boy!



    Talk about a center piece! The growth on yours is impressive...its looks so dense compared to all the others.
     
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    Great article. This is one of those corals that surprise you with sweepers.
     
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    DeeFromBrooklyn Well-Known Member

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    Find a nice looking shell to put over it. Protect the anemone or it'll move
     
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    shot of mine

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