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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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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