White Ball Corallimorph (Pseudocorynactis caribbeorum)
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- White Ball Corallimorph
- Family: Corallimorphidae.
- Semi-aggressive predator, not compatible with small fish.
- Acceptable foods range in size from zooplankton to meaty chunks roughly 1/4 the size of the corallimorph's disk. Larger food may be accepted initially, but the corallimorph may regurgitate it later. For good growth, feeding twice per week with meaty foods is best.
- White ball corallimorphs will attempt to eat anything that sticks to them, so feeding must be done with care to avoid presenting them with objects that are sharp, inedible, or too large.
- Regardless of initial placement, white ball corallimorphs will roam the tank searching for an ideal site to attach to. They will generally not accept smooth surfaces and prefer to be located on rough rubble.
- They cannot rely on lighting for a food and require target feeding frequently for good growth and bright color. A well-fed, healthy white ball coral li morph will have a bright orange to a pink body with clear tentacles. Malnourished individuals and those deprived completely of light will loose their color and shrink in size over time.
- These corallimorphs should not be kept with fish smaller than 2" (5cm). White ball corallimorphs can easily take unsuspecting small fish such as clown gobies, since the tips of their tentacles are extremely sticky and have a reasonable sting. One should also avoid touching a white ball corallimorph by hand or with any other object that isn't food, as the corallimorph can be injured if the tentacles have adhered to the object and the object is pulled away too quickly.
- White ball corallimorphs are related to mushroom corals/anemones and have several concentric rings of long tentacles tipped with white balls that house nematocysts.