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post #1 of 11 Old 05-11-2009, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Staburst polyps!

So I was looking at the reef tank at work and adimiring these startburst polyps that we've got in there when i noticed that it was leaning funny so i reached in to move it. Well, As I'm moving it i notice some random little polyp growing on the underside of it! and it that's not exciting enough, I'm looking a little closer at it, and i notice a little clam or oyster on there! I got very excited and decided to buy at and take it home. Well that little rock is teeming with life because I have since discovered another clam type critter who has polyps growing over it's shell, another random type of polyp as well as what I think may be a barnacle on it! not to mention that it looks like the starbursts are already spreading on it's rock! I'll post pictures of everything once I get my camera working again!
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-20-2009, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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I know I promised these pictures a while ago and there's only two but here they are!



And a few pictures of some of my other guys.


My candy corals that are splitting! I'm new to the whole splitting thing, does that look normal to everyone?


My xenia which is now technically two separate corals because the one piece moved onto the base rock and my blue star damsel who likes having it's picture taken, it was hard to get the corals and not him in these pics

This next one is of what I have come to decide is related to, or is a type of mushroom, I'm not certain what kind and it's a sort of bad picture.
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-20-2009, 10:15 PM
Beautiful corals!!!
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-20-2009, 10:23 PM
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last one is a ricordia.
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post #5 of 11 Old 05-21-2009, 12:07 AM
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Looking good... I think those are majano anemones in your first 2 pics with the starbursts. You may want to get rid of them as they spread and will sting (for they are quite potent).

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post #6 of 11 Old 05-21-2009, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Really? That's a shame, I thought they were kind of cute. Does anyone else confirm or deny that they are majano anenome?
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-21-2009, 02:06 AM
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when i first saw the pictures i thought the same thing, but wasnt sure so didnt say.
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I'm pretty sure they are, but another opinion would be great.

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post #9 of 11 Old 05-23-2009, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Is there any way i could tell? Like try to feed them brine shrimp or something, maybe try to pry them off and move them so they don't hurt my polyps? Or should i just get rid of them?
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-24-2009, 09:27 AM
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bump one with a pipette or something and see how it reacts. if it retracts.. thats what it is
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