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This is my first blasto. It seems extremely "tall?" Is this how it should look?

It has only been in the tank 2 days and that is after being delayed in shipping for 24 hours. So it hasn't opened up....but it just seems so tall.

 

Also, from the same shipment, does that favia look chunky?

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1 hour ago, RyanReef said:

This is my first blasto. It seems extremely "tall?" Is this how it should look?

It has only been in the tank 2 days and that is after being delayed in shipping for 24 hours. So it hasn't opened up....but it just seems so tall.

 

Also, from the same shipment, does that favia look chunky?

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Both look like normal frags to me. 😊

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RyanReef

thanks! 

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Nano sapiens

There are three species of Blatomussa commonly seen in the hobby.  The two that are most common are B. merletti and B. wellsi and both grow on stalks (Merletti on much longer stalks, typically).  When expanded fully, Merletti has smaller polyps at around an 1" or a bit more, Wellsi is typically 2" or thereabouts.  When the polyps are fully expanded, the stalks are typically not visible in B. wellsi, but may be visible in B. merletti.

 

B. merletti colony (started with a single polyp maybe six months ago):

 

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And this a B. wellsi colony (tends to grow a bit slower):

 

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The 3rd is B. vivida and is a bit less common and more expensive.  This is an easy one to identify as it sits flat on the rock and has large 2 - 3" velvety polyps (image from the Internet):

 

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There are other interesting Blastomusa species, but they are quite rare to see in the hobby.

 

The Favia's are fleshy and tend to 'hug the rock', so your's is typical.

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Thanks for the explanation!! 

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