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  1. I would be happy as a clam if my poccillopora spreads through my tank like that. The place the mother colony is in is being overrun by GSP and Meteor Shower Cyphastrea, and it is one of my favorites in my little coral garden. The places the polyps have spread are in relatively bare areas of my scape. There are some "polyp colonies" that are quite a bit lower in the tank, I hope if they are pocc. that they will all get enough light.
  2. I'll take an extreme close-up of the polyps on the pocillopora and post tomorrow to compare... I can't find a close up of the polyp structure online. This is the best guess so far.
  3. Yeah, those colonies don't have a branching stalk like the ones in my tank... Is a good suggestion though.
  4. Ok, so I do have a pocillopora and it has been getting irritated from a GSP colony that has been creeping up it's stalk, possibly leading to some bailout on the lower branches. I peeled back the GSP tonight during water change. The polyp tips look exactly like the pocillopora ones, just green instead of blue, and the pocillopora has a hard skeleton, but maybe these guys will grow one? I initially thought it could be galaxia, but the polyp tips and structure don't appear to match to me. If that thing is a mojano, what's the real risk of keeping them? I've got probably 15-20 of them spread in the tank, some tiny, a couple that are an inch or so across. I really like the green fluorescence of them, adds a nice pop when I have the blues or nightlight on.
  5. I have considered Aiptasia and majano, but I can't find pictures of them growing in clusters like that as a colony. Unless you mean the paly looking thing, that could be.
  6. All the stuff dead centre in the first picture.
  7. Hi all, Just wondering if anyone has any idea what this is? It appeared a couple of months ago, as little fuzzy tuffs with florescent green tips. I had not added anything for months before, so I am wondering if this is something that was in the tank from the guy I originally purchased the live rock from. I thought were the beginnings of a sponge of some sort. Now it has gown out some and it has stems and a head with lashes - like a zoa or paly, but this thing is clear pink/orange body. It has already spread to a couple of nearby small colonies, so I hope it is not something bad. Any ideas? Also, if you're already taking a look, does anyone know if that disk one beside it is a paly and what kind? They are also prolific in my tank. Thanks, ~Tech
  8. Well, as always, y'all were right on the money with this ID. And I learned some lessons. Work up a couple weeks ago and one of my larger heads (2" or so dia) of my branching hammer was in the sandbed right next to the hydno, like almost touching. Being in a hurry and already running late for work I just propped it up intending to glue it back down that night. Came home and someone moved the hammer right into the hydno, polyps fully touching. Both corals looked slimed up and I could already tell that the hammer was toast. I glued it down anyways just in case a piece of it could pull through, but it melted to bare white skeleton over the next couple of days. Next day hydno looked like nothing even happened, but holy hell this thing must be aggressive. I had the hydno on the sandbed pretty close to my octospawn - lesson learned and the hydno has been moved to his own little corner far away from everyone else (except my crabs seem to love hanging out on and around it). I wish I knew who keep breaking chunks off my rock, sometimes with coral chucks... And also that I could get a tank with more real estate in it. Everything is starting to compete for space so I am getting to see some interesting coral battles.
  9. Here is a pic from this morning. It is very soft and flowy. Even though the clusters of polyps look similar to the plating hydnophora, the ones on this frag are much longer than anything I've seen online. Each cluster of polyps looks like it has a mouth (can see some of them in the pic), does you hydno have visible mouths like that? This is also on the sand bed of my Biocube 14, running stock lighting... If it is hydno, how long do you think I have before it dies from not enough light?
  10. Yeah, I'll make sure to get a better pic tonight. It does look very similar to that pic there... I am a bit worried if it is that aggressive especially because it looks like it will need higher light and my real estate at the top of the tank is tight...
  11. Are you sure? I googled and none of the pictures look like a match... The horn coral looks more like hard "polyps" but these ones I have a definitely soft. They move nicely in my flow and come out another 1/4-1/2" like an extending euphylia. The polyps surround individual favia-like "mouths"... I am confused for sure what this thing is, but it seems to be happy and getting polyp extension. I'll try to get a pic of it all fluffy tonight.
  12. Hi all, I was at the LFS the other night and this frag caught my eye. I asked and no one at the shop could remember what it was called. I know it is not anything exceptionally rare, just can't seem to pick out what it is exactly. My best guesses are Galaxea or Leptastrea, though I am probably wrong. I'd like to get a more concrete ID so I know about lighting conditions / placement. It acts like a softy, getting pretty fluffy (this pic was taken immediately after a water change so it was a bit pissed off being disturbed). Thanks for any ideas.
  13. I think euphyillia get most of their nutrients from the photosynthetic zooplankton they have. I don't see a feeding response as you typically do for acans. But everything started growing faster and looking more full after I started with the reef frenzy. Maybe reef foods provide micronutrients necessary for faster tissue building (on top of the photosynthetic response) which get stripped by growing corals, similar to maintaining Cal and Alk in SPS systems. At least that is my hypothesis.
  14. The reef frenzy is much more chunky, so I like to think that is more for the fishes, they go nuts for both of the foods though, royal gramma especially loves the Coral Frenzy. Also, when I broadcast, I'm talking about little amounts. Like less then 1/4 tsp of the Coral Frenzy in tank water, or a dime sized piece of the Reef Frenzy. I figure that smaller, frequent feeding helps for constant growth.
  15. Cool, sounds like I'll get out the dremel sometime right before the second water change this week (getting things back on track after going away is always fun). Thank you very much, I love the movement of the euphyllia, so I've dominated my tank with them and they look so awesome when all opened up and happy. When that FTS was taken they were probably at 75% max openness (when fully open there is very little real estate in the foreground, or at least used to be). I don't target feed, for corals I broadcast feed Coral Frenzy 3x per week and LRS Reef Frenzy 2x per week both dumped in with the pump running. Stock Biocube 14 lighting, running chemipure and purigen and I never miss a weekly 20% water change. I attribute any success to stable parameters held by the water changes.
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