Capnella imbricata (Kenya Tree Coral Fragment)

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Capnella imbricata (Kenya Tree Coral Fragment)

Post  thierry on Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:09 pm

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: 20 October 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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First picture

Post  thierry on Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:09 pm

Just attached to a little piece of rock and removed from the glass
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Name change

Post  thierry on Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:56 pm

Found out that it's not just some Capnella species but it is actually the Capnella Imbricata.
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Cleaning november 2010

Post  thierry on Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:43 pm

The first piece I was able to get before it attached somewhere random in the aquarium. And it is growing like crazy. It already seems a lot bigger then it was, and bigger then the fragment I made myself long time ago. Guess natures way of creating fragments is better then doing it yourself :p

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Coral Sold

Post  thierry on Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:13 am

Yesterday I sold my first 2 fragments. The rock with the biggest Kenya Tree fragment was sold and the rock with the 2 mushrooms on it. All together for 15 euro’s, not bad, 5 for each fragment Smile
I sold them to BvN, a member from Het Nederlands en Belgisch zeewateraquarium. I already got a reply from him that he had placed them in the aquarium.
BvN wrote:Tnx Smile De oortjes en keniaboom hebben ondertussen ook een plekje Smile
Thanks. The mushrooms and Kenya Tree have found a spot now as well.

Hopefully we will see some pictures soon in his journal on the forum. He does keep a journal with pictures, so I’m pretty sure we haven’t seen the last of them.
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First pictures from new home

Post  thierry on Fri Dec 03, 2010 1:56 pm

A picture appeared of the coral in it's new environment.
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Overview of the aquarium

Post  thierry on Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:32 pm

The Kenya tree seems to be doing great, it's located on the left pilar at the top.
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Re: Capnella imbricata (Kenya Tree Coral Fragment)

Post  thierry on Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:07 pm

The aquarium is now running for 8 weeks and he put some pictures and a movie online showing how it looks now. The Kenya tree moved to the other pillar.



And the movie, made by his iPhone:
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Early Januari update

Post  thierry on Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:57 pm

New pictures are available, seems he has moved the Kenya Tree again.

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An Update

Post  thierry on Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:47 pm

His aquarium is running fine, the purple mushroom split now. The Kenya Tree moved next to the Mushrooms now.

And an overview:
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New picture/movie

Post  thierry on Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:24 am

Looks like he changed his aquarium around a bit again. Both corals I sold him still doing very well.


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