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1GoldClown 12/25/2007 12:05 PM

Is this a coral??

I got it when i bougth all my LR and thought it looked cool then it started getting these little pink and now turning green things on it one at a time. And it is still growing more!

AIMFish 12/25/2007 12:13 PM

Reminds me of flowerpot goniopora.

bohannbj 12/25/2007 06:40 PM

Me too

1GoldClown 12/25/2007 07:56 PM

So is this a yes or what because i dont know the names of all of these yet and i have looked for it but nothing directly matches the look of it.

jonathanws 12/27/2007 11:15 AM

yea looks like coral, the skeleton tells me it's a goni, but it really doesn't look like one to me...

OnlyCrimson 12/30/2007 09:27 PM

Yes it is a coral. Looks like some sort of lps. I have one on a piece too, can't recall the name.

sgolden 01/01/2008 07:32 PM

yep its a stony....i dont think its a goni...the voices in my head say montistrea/faviid

chrismhaase 01/02/2008 03:13 PM

I think it looks more like a faviia that is feeding with its sweeper tenticals out.

1GoldClown 01/02/2008 07:57 PM

Im just confused

1GoldClown 01/02/2008 07:58 PM

Im just tryin to find out what it is because like i said, i got it DEAD in a live rock batch from my LFS and I got it to grow. But for some reason (most comments about it) I dont think its growing back to what it was, I think its growing something new. Should I try to take more pics of it like the bottom of it maybe some closer shots(which is hard) and maybe with the polyps closed? Should I put it in the Guinness Book Of Most Retarded Corals?

Kolognekoral 01/03/2008 11:18 AM

I would let it develope a bit, as it is definitely on the heal. Could be a Galaxia or Favid. Give it time to get good and healthy.

Nice save!

fatrip 01/03/2008 01:37 PM

i'd take some pics with the polyps closed. also turn down the white balance on your camera so we can see the coral a little better. but no it is not a new different coral growing over. more likely it is the same coral as the previous skeleton and is growing back over its dead parts. it wasnt completely dead when you got it so if you got it for the LR price i would say good find...

SHARKBAITNC 01/06/2008 02:55 PM

[QUOTE][i]<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11505422#post11505422 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by chrismhaase [/i]
[B]I think it looks more like a faviia that is feeding with its sweeper tenticals out. [/B][/QUOTE]

I agree I think its a favia :)

1GoldClown 01/10/2008 07:13 PM

So here is the updated photo(better) with open and closed polyps
open: [IMG][/IMG]
closed: [IMG][/IMG]

Kolognekoral 01/11/2008 04:17 AM

What you have is a Montastrea, possibly M. curta. This group of Favids is distinquished by extratentacular budding, which is to say, the new daughter polyps develope between the others, rather than an adult polyp dividing in the middle (typical of Favia, Favites) Do you know where this cral came from? There are Atlantic and Pacific species of the genus. Also, how large are the individual adult corallites?

1GoldClown 01/11/2008 12:31 PM

I dont know where it came from and are you asking about the ones that are forming by themselves with no other polyps around them. If so they are about 1'4INCH in diameter and some are even smaller

fatrip 01/11/2008 01:19 PM

i believe he is asking about how big is the biggest polyp/ the adult polyps or coralites.

MinibowMatt 01/11/2008 01:43 PM

what about Oculina Patagonica--- Sorta looks like it.. Calfo's new book has some info about Oculina sp. Unfortunately I dont have it handy...
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MinibowMatt 01/11/2008 01:49 PM

On second thought, Diploastrea Heliopora...My #2 choice. Its definetly not a goni...not even close.

Kolognekoral 01/11/2008 02:12 PM

OK, what I'm going after is the diameter of a single coralite. If they are 1/4 inch, which is about 6mm, then it belongs to the smaller polyped species of Montastrea. M. curta is the most likely species. It fits the size and extratentacular budding.

For the record, Diploastrea species do not have extratentacular budding. Oculina has a different skeleton.

It is an interesting, if somewhat common coral. It is often a dominant species of certain reefs.

MinibowMatt 01/11/2008 02:42 PM

Oculina has branching forms and one encrusting form. It is also has a very tiny corallite.... I have seen single polyps come in on LR and some caribbean corals. I have never seen one turn into a colony though. They were always about 1/4" to 3/8" and yellow to brown...

My vote is still for oculina! :)

1GoldClown 01/11/2008 06:32 PM

Yea they are all about 6 cm and just out of curiosity do you think it will fill out?

Kolognekoral 01/12/2008 03:08 AM

I think you mean 6 mm, not cm, but, yes, they will eventually recover the naked skeleton. They will overlayer the existing skeleton with new and colonize it further. It takes time. I have one Favid, a Favia, that was damaged and it required a good year to recover completely.

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