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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 07 2016 at 12:57pm
Just thought I'd share an observation.  I'm not pointing a finger, just making an observation, because a common occurrence with favites coral is handling damage due to soft coral flesh being cut by the Septa at the high wall between polyps. The ridge of each radial Septa is as sharp as a razor blade. Even the lightest touch of a human finger cuts the flesh. Courtesy of Coral Hub here is an image for reference:



The underlying white skeleton is visible, indicating significant damage in four of the six frags pictured in posts above. What this means to me, for purposes of the contest is that these damaged coral are at a slight disadvantage or handicap. 

A coral colony expends energy trying to repair damaged polyps, yet at the same time it is trying to acclimate to the new tank, new water conditions, new water flow and new lighting. During this time of repair and acclimation, new expansion growth may slow or even stop for a while. 

Daily feeding of a 25-100 micron sized dry food can help the coral survive and then recover. The feeding can be targeted or broadcast. Just thought it would be helpful to point this out, especially for those that may be novices to this type of coral.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 07 2016 at 2:14pm
All the coral frags were handled the same. So stop touching your coral Mark, and let it heal up faster...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 08 2016 at 7:58am
The tissue on my frag was damaged because it was cut apart from the mother colony ;)

Since the meeting on the 3rd, the flesh on mine has healed and is starting to grow over the bare skeleton a little bit. If the majority of the frags are showing signs of the tissue being damaged, then the majority of us are relatively "disadvantaged" equally and are starting this contest at relatively the same place. Sit back, relax, have a drink of your choice and watch the healing process take over.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 08 2016 at 2:58pm
Originally posted by PharmaSki PharmaSki wrote:

...stop touching your coral Mark, and let it heal up faster...
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Like Evan127, my frag also appears to be slowly growing flesh back over the top of the wall. 

Please don't misunderstand. I'm not at all concerned about the competition. I brought this up for the benefit of those participants that may be having concerns about their frag not looking like the original colony.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 08 2016 at 9:54pm
Mine looks great today, except for what looks like a bite out of it. I'm a little worried. It could be my bicolor blenny. I've seen it nip at all my corals.
Edit: my bicolor blenny is snacking on the coral.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 10 2016 at 11:26am
Sounds like a fish that needs some training/conditioning to stop bad behavior. Because fish learn quickly, it usually only takes a couple instances of jabbing at the fish and momentarily chasing it with a stick to scare it away from bothering the coral ever again.

You know what else I do to keep an LPS coral from getting cut up by its own Septa? I turn the coral upside down, jiggle it underwater and wait for it to shrink/dehydrate before pulling it out of the water. Shrunken polyps hanging away from the sharp Septa can't get cut up. The reduced weight from less water in the polyps also causes less strain on its connection with its skeleton while it's upside down being moved from tank to bucket and back.

While I'm on the subject, I'm reminded of how I sometimes use styrofoam pieces attached with an elastic to float Caulestrea, Euphyllia, other LPS and even SPS coral upside down in the transport bucket or bag. 

I guess you might say that these are more Reefkeeping Tips that I'm sharing with you from my bag of coral farming secrets. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 13 2016 at 5:39pm
We are a couple days out from when our pictures are due. What is the criteria for photo information and will there be a thread for photos coming up soon?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 13 2016 at 5:51pm
Yes, expect the new thread on Tuesday. Easy questions to go along with it. You'll see it Tuesday.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 13 2016 at 6:35pm
I will be unable to take or post pics until Thursday at the earliest. I don't want to be a trouble maker but can I have a pass until Thursday or if the tread is up I can post Monday night.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 13 2016 at 8:00pm
Not a problem. You have 7 days to post your picture and answer the questions.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 13 2016 at 8:52pm

Moved from plug to rockwork 11/12/16



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