Saltwater Aquarium Invertebrates for Marine Reef Aquariums: Blue Lollipop Tunicates
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Blue Lollipop Tunicate
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Blue Lollipop Tunicate (Nephtheis fascicularis)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Expert Only
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Blue
Diet Filter Feeder, Plankton Eater
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Origin Indonesia
Family Polycitoridae
Lighting Low
Supplements Trace Elements
Waterflow Medium
Placement Bottom
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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Overview

The Blue Lollipop Tunicate originates from the shallow reefs of Indonesia and has a thick base with multiple branches. At the tip of each branch, these tunicates develop a cauliflower-like head. These heads are comprised of clusters of zooids that continually filter the water for food. It is common for these tunicates to drop their heads both during transit, and within the aquarium. During this time, the tunicate will cover itself with a clear mucous. This is not an indication of poor health. Within a few weeks, the tunicate will blossom and form new zooids.

The Blue Lollipop Tunicate requires a mature reef aquarium with plenty of live rock and excellent water conditions. They are non-photosynthetic and have no lighting requirements, but should be placed in an area of strong intermittent water current. Some species of Angelfish, Moorish Idols and Nudibranch may eat this species of tunicate.

The Blue Lollipop Tunicate will require supplemental feeding with liquid plankton and other dissolved organic foods, as well as benefiting from the addition of iodine and trace elements.

Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 4"

Please note: We guarantee that ALL aquaria species we offer will arrive alive and in good condition. However, because of the increased level of care required for this particular species, it has been designated as "Expert Only." This species is recommended only for the expert aquarist, zoo, or research institution please.

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