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post #1 of 12 Old 01-30-2010, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Please ID this before it engulfs all that I own!!

When I put this rock in my reef about 6 months ago it contained nothing. When I saw a small patch of this interesting "something" I posted a pic asking for an ID. An adventurous soul suggested that it might be a species of Montipora and that I should just see where it goes.

It's spreading now, and I'm afraid it might never stop. Can anyone tell me what it is? Should I remove it now before it takes over our family room? It's spreading many times faster than anything in my tank.

All advice appreciated.

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-30-2010, 02:41 PM
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Is it Xenia? I can't really tell from the pic, and when I try to zoom, it gets blurry. Can you get a closer pic?



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post #3 of 12 Old 01-30-2010, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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I can't get any closer. Or any better. It's a hard encrusting type coral, definitely not Xenia or any other type softie. I can get the tip of a knife under it and pop off a chip of it, but thats all. It's solidly encrusted and attached to the rock. It really does look like a species of Montipora, or Plate, but neither of those attach and spread across the rock. Do they?
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-30-2010, 08:13 PM
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Looks like star polyps , very hard to tell from the pic. but I would move it away from any other rock that you don't want it on. I took a rock and put it under my star polyps and it has stayed there and looks great.

Ain't like going down to the pond, cetching bluegills and tommy cats!
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post #5 of 12 Old 01-30-2010, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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briang - Thanks for the clue. The light went on when you said star polyp.

I never suspected encrusting star polyps, but you got me looking on the web for star polyp pics. I know how they crawl over and encrust everything in their path. What I found was this pic. It's exactly what I have. It's not a star polyp but an Encrusting Montipora. Now I know what I'm up against and can keep a watch on it. If I can keep it contained and isolated it should make an interesting specimen.

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post #6 of 12 Old 01-31-2010, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Here's a different pic that I took from my own web site. I think I linked the one above to someone else's site.

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post #7 of 12 Old 02-02-2010, 07:45 AM
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Ahh, even a new hobbyist like myself can appreciate the crazy things to come in a saltwater tank..

Good luck with this interesting scenario gus. I will keep an eye on this thread...
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post #8 of 12 Old 02-02-2010, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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Ahh, even a new hobbyist like myself can appreciate the crazy things to come in a saltwater tank..

Good luck with this interesting scenario gus. I will keep an eye on this thread...
Whenever I find interesting hitch hikers sudenly appearing in my tank, I like to photograph them and post them here. If I can't ID them I would like to at least know if they're good stuff or bad stuff, and what to do about them. I have some really nice red bushes of "carrot top like" leaves growing, that look really cool but I can't get a good photo of them right now - they're too small and hidden behind some coral. As soon as I get a good shot, I'll post it here. I haven't found a pic of it anywhere on the web 'cause I don't know what it's called. Maybe soon.
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-02-2010, 07:47 PM
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Here's a different pic that I took from my own web site. I think I linked the one above to someone else's site.

Is this picture from your tank? The reason I ask is because this pic. is definitely encrusting monti and the first pic. looks nothing like this but either way,Keep it away from any rock that you don't want it on. Like I said, I put a 4 inch rock under my GSP and moved it so that it is not touching anything. After a few years, it has started growing down the rock that I put under it, and when it almost reaches the bottom of it, I will sell it and put a new one there.

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post #10 of 12 Old 02-02-2010, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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It's not from my tank. I found the pic on the web. It's definitely the same as what I have. If you could see my tank, or if I could get a better pic, I believe you would agree. Same color, same polyps, encrusting and spreading.

I plan to do as you did. If it starts taking over, I'll make a trade, but it's interesting to watch right now.
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