Capnella imbricata (Kenya Tree Coral)

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Capnella imbricata (Kenya Tree Coral)

Post  thierry on Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:14 am

Source: liveaquaria.com

QUICK STATS
  • Care Level: Easy
  • Temperament: Semi-aggressive
  • Lighting: Moderate to High
  • Waterflow: Medium to Strong
  • Placement: All
  • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
  • Color Form: Black, Green, Tan
  • Origin: Indo-Pacific
  • Family: Nephtheidae
  • Insert Date: 18 September 2010


The Kenya Tree Coral, also referred to as a Cauliflower Soft Coral, Nephthea, or Nephthya, is similar to the members of both the Litophytonand Nephthea genera. It lives in a wide range of the Indo-Pacific. It has a thick trunk, like a tree, and many branches giving it an arboreal appearance.
It is not normally considered a threat to hard corals, but may itself be disturbed by their presence. The Kenya Tree Coral relies less on the symbiotic algae within it, and depends more on obtaining outside food. Microplankton, marine snow, and dissolved materials should make up the bulk of its diet.


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The current owner

Post  thierry on Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:28 am

Through a forum I found someone selling his whole aquarium. We wanted to take a look and see if he had anything that we liked. His aquarium looked really nice, it was a big tank that wasn’t very high but mainly very deep. The rocks where all low, not really build up and almost every rock was covered in Xenia.
For the moment we left with 3 rocks filled with corals, maybe we are going back to get some more (fish maybe even, he had some nice ones). The easiest choice which I liked a lot was a rock with Ricordea mushrooms. My wife still likes Xenia and since ours is not much anymore we also took a rock with Xenia and some purple mushrooms. And last we also wanted a new Cabbage leather coral, so he torn one loose with a Kenya tree also on it.

Unfortunately there where no pictures of his aquarium.
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First picture

Post  thierry on Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:31 pm

18 September we bought this new Kenya tree, he had 3 of them in his aquarium, but we liked this one a lot because of the Cabbage leather coral next to it. Of course we didn't really need another Kenya tree, but they just looked nice together Smile
The Kenya is still recovering, hopefully it will look better next week or so.
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New mushrooms

Post  thierry on Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:04 pm

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Bought Firefish and 2 Peppermint Shrimps

Post  thierry on Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:36 am

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Gave 2 fragments

Post  thierry on Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:52 am

After we expect he already gave one that is now growing underneath a rock I removed two fragments (fully inflated pieces) yesterday. I put both of them in a small glass with some rocks underneath. But they will probably move to the fragment tank when it is finished.
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One attached already

Post  thierry on Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:11 pm

One of the 2 fragments already attached to a small piece of rock. The other attached to the glass. Seems to be another part blowing up and getting ready to leave.

Here is the fragment, more can be found here:
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Name change

Post  thierry on Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:55 pm

Found out that it's not just some Capnella species but it is actually the Capnella Imbricata.
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2 more fragments

Post  thierry on Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:07 pm

I noticed two more parts inflating. I was too late for one, it was already detached from the mother and attached to a piece of life rock, but the other part I removed myself and put in the fragment glass until the fragment tank is ready.
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Another fragment

Post  thierry on Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:10 pm

Yesterday I noticed another piece ready for departure. I removed the piece and it is now the first inhabitant for our new fragment tank.
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Cleaning november 2010

Post  thierry on Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:42 pm

It finally stopped giving fragments, after he dumped about 6 fragments. It looks very good now, a nice filler on the middle.

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Loads of anniversary’s

Post  thierry on Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:22 pm

Yesterday he gave another fragment. I have put it in the fragbin so it can attach to rock.
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Happy New Year 2011

Post  thierry on Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:47 pm

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Sold Fragments

Post  thierry on Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:32 pm

Yesterday I have sold some fragments again. A member from the Zeewater Forum voor Nederland en België, called Bikerdick, wanted to buy the last Red Mushroom fragment and some Kenya Tree fragments.
He bought 4 Kenya Tree fragments, many coming from this tree. Hopefully no new ones will come for a while, since I still have 7 left.
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Just pictures

Post  thierry on Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:07 am

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Posted an add to sell him

Post  thierry on Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:28 am

At first I wanted to cut some branches and make it smaller that way, but yesterday I talked it over again with my wife and we decided it would be a shame, since it looks so great now. We are going to sell it in whole for that reason. We already have a great Kenya Tree and I also have a great Cabbage leather in the Fragtank if we still want that.
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Sold

Post  thierry on Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:54 pm

Tuesday we sold both of them for 25 euro's
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