Lemnalia or Neospogodes?
They are three different corals in this image , and all of them were called Lemnalia when we purchased them. This group of soft corals illustrates the problems that come with the use of common names to describe different species. This beautiful group of branched soft corals are often called Spaghetti corals, Tree corals, Broccoli corals, and Cauliflower corals.
There are many varieties of these beautiful corals that do not fit into distinct categories. The beautiful pink coral in this image may very well be a Neospogodes, but even though we do not have an exact identification we can still maintain and propagate this coral.
All of the corals we will be looking at this week are in the family Nephtheidae. This family contains the genus Capnella. Both Lemnalia and Neospogodes require the same type of care as the Capnella. All three of these types of corals benefit from regular feedings of phytoplankton.
Neospogodes have been very easy to keep in captivity as long as we place them in well-established reef aquariums. After a reef aquarium has been set out for several months a population of small invertebrates and algae become established. several of the reefs that the foundation that support the best selection of this type of corals have a large population of fish and no skimmer.
During the next two semesters we will be doing controlled experiments to discover an optimum level of supplemental feeding. We will be working with both green water cultures and preserved micro-algae. The two types of preserved micro-algae that we will be studying our freeze dried algae and frozen algae.
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