Very cool new addition to the tank. How quickly do they grow? I'm assuming that their characteristics are similar to that of the other fungia plates?
Well, my experience with Heliofungia
is as follows: At first, they don't grow at all, for a month or so. The fleshy part starts growing immediately, such that they expand larger following each feeding. Once they reach a certain critical threshold of "flesh size" (don't know how else to put it), the skeleton begins to grow to support it. In this sense, they are unlike Fungia
species. They tend to have much more soft tissue per size of skeleton than Fungia
, when healthy. They also have a much more voracious appetite.
This guy's skeleton is about 2.5-3" across. I estmate he will be about 6" across at the skeleton in a year, 8" in two, which is approaching full size. With 8" of skeleton, the animal will be about a foot across with tissue fully expanded. This is where my experience with them ends, as I have never had one larger than a foot or so across.
tend to prefer gentler current than Fungia
, and tend to like to be more brightly lit. They don't recover as well from physical injuries as their less fleshy cousins, but they do tend to be about as forgiving in terms of water quality. I would even go so far as to say they would thrive in a "dirty softie" style tank with lots of detritus to munch on, except that I have noticed them to be somewhat susceptible to allelopathy relative to other hard corals.
That Heliofungia looks absolutely amazing! I've seen a few of them every now and again at the LFS and have wanted to get it every time I've seen one. Unfortunately, my NC12 doesn't have enough substrate space, so until my 29g is up, no fungia. Not too mention my clowns with zoo's for a home at the moment would beat that fungia up!
You're Gorgonian looks very happy!
Yes, I think you are correct about the clowns. Heliofungia
very closely resemble aemones, and clownfish do take to them, but Heliofungia
don't much appreciate the jostling. As such, housing one with a clownfish would not be something I reccomend trying.
I would reccomend, if you want to try a plate coral, to try a Cycloseris
. They don't get as large as Fungia
, and come in some very striking colors like deep purple, orange, bright pink, and deep red. Unfortunately, they are also nearly universally mislabeled as Fungia
, due to the superficial resemblance.
Thanks for looking!
Edited by SPS20, 17 July 2009 - 12:01 PM.