Thistle Coral (Chironephtya)

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Has anyone kept Thistle coral successfully? I couldn't find much about it in Bornemans book other than they are aposymbiotic and feed
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on phytoplankton. But he describes the care for those experimental.
Love to hear about stories of success or failure.
Here is the specimen I picked up today
 
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Can you get a picture that a little more clear I’m curious about what it looks like.

I googled thistle coral and this is what came back

Dendronephthya or Carnation Coral is a different genus and family than Thistle coral and Borneman says they get mixed up a lot because they are so similar.
Chironephthya or Thistle Coral belongs to the family of Nidaliidae.
This one is very spikey with pollyps between the skikes.
Both are aposymbiotic so they live of zooplankton and phytoplankton.
Since I dose about 400 ml phyto a day I hope it'll thrive.
Never seen that coral before.
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Dendronephthya or Carnation Coral is a different genus and family than Thistle coral and Borneman says they get mixed up a lot because they are so similar.
Chironephthya or Thistle Coral belongs to the family of Nidaliidae.
This one is very spikey with pollyps between the skikes.
Both are aposymbiotic so they live of zooplankton and phytoplankton.
Since I dose about 400 ml phyto a day I hope it'll thrive.
Never seen that coral before.
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That is purdy!

And I know nothing about it lol. Something I should go learn all about now!
 

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Nice piece, would just treat as NPS as far as feeding... :)
 

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