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I have been having an algae issue recently with my tank so its not very pretty at the moment. I went into my fish shop and bought myself a pair of Trochus snails and whilst they they sold me some phosphate remover to add into my filter system which I have been told will help. I combined this with a large water change and it looks like things are starting to pick up a little bit now. 

 

The snails have done an amazing job at cleaning the rocks, I hadn't realised quite how bad they had got until I could see the clean patches next to the bits the snails have yet to cover. They haven't done any cleaning on the sand at all though so I picked as much of the algae out as I could but will need to look into getting some other clean up crew who are happier on the sand to help keep that as clean as the rocks. 

 

Yesterday one of my snails had me worried that he hadn't survived a week in my tank by not moving for nearly 24 hours, but happily this morning he has moved so must still be alive which is nice to know. 

 

I have also noticed that there are new hammers growing on my hammer coral which is exciting, do branching hammers grow new heads by the existing one splitting into two separate ones or by growing a completely new head from the base of the coral?

 

One final question is about my duncan, when in the shop where I bought the frag I noticed the remaining frags from that batch have all grown an extra 1 or 2 heads whilst mine hasn't grown much other than the mystery lump on the side  (see previous post). What do you think will be the main reason for them growing quicker in the shop than in my tank - I know the lights they have are better vs the stock evo one I have, but is there anything else you think I can be doing to help it grow or will it all be down to the light? 

 

Sorry for the long post!

 

 

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On 9/3/2018 at 2:59 PM, olig said:

With this being my first coral please forgive the constant questions. Is the black lump on the side of the coral something bad, or is it something good like a new head growing?

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Looks like a new head to me.  At least that's how my duncan looks when sprouting a new polyp.  

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2 hours ago, specore said:

Looks like a new head to me.  At least that's how my duncan looks when sprouting a new polyp.  

Specore, did yours have that dark area at the center of the lump?

 

I'm still new to reefing so take this with a grain of salt, but when my duncan started growing new heads that's the same area where lumps started appearing but they were light in color, similar to the polyp, definitely no dark spots. The photos are good, but it's still hard to tell exactly what that is. It almost looks like a vermitid snail under the "skin" of the duncan. Is the dark portion a hard shell-like thing or is it soft? Do you notice any antennae sticking out? Or strings of slime coming out? If it's some kind of pest or something maybe that could be why it's not growing as quickly but like I said, I'm no expert!

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11 minutes ago, lizzyann said:

 

Specore, did yours have that dark area at the center of the lump? I'm still new to reefing so take this with a grain of salt, but when my duncan started growing new heads that's the same area where lumps started appearing but they were light in color, similar to the polyp, definitely no dark spots. The photos are good, but it's still hard to tell exactly what that is. It almost looks like a vermitid snail under the "skin" of the duncan. Is the dark portion a hard shell-like thing or is it soft? Do you notice any antennae sticking out? Or strings of slime coming out? If it's some kind of pest or something maybe that could be why it's not growing as quickly but like I said, I'm no expert!

Mine didn't, but by the shape it looks like a new polyp.  

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Thanks both for your comments, its the dark bit in the centre of the lump which made me unsure about it as there's nothing like that in the main head. I have moved the coral since taking those photos which makes the lump harder to see and photograph but its not really changed much since I took these nearly 3 weeks ago other than maybe getting a little bigger. Would you have expected it to have formed into a mini head by now? 

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To tuxedo urchin or not to tuxedo urchin...... I have been debating getting one for a little whilst as I think they look cool and I want to have something more interesting than the snails I have currently to eat my algae. However once I get ontop of whatever it is that is causing my algae problem I worry that I will run out of food for it any my snails which isn't fair on any of them, my second and bigger worry is that it will bulldozer / pick up my frags and make a mess of the tank / kill corals by leaving them the wrong way up.

what do you think? 

 

Also I have some new corals from trips to my local shop last weekend and the weekend before and I haven't written about any of them on here, so I will try get photos of these tonight! 

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