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The NPS corner has reached maximum capacity!! I wanted to share my experience with my favorite coral that I've been growing for 3+ years. I started with a single colony, pictured in the bottom left here, and propagate by collecting propagules or encrusted tissue from adult colonies. I do feed mysis everyday, but they are worth it!
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If you can spy the tiniest polyps below (2-4 mm across), these are the newest babies at 2-3 months old.
After a year, they grow to an inch across, have 3 or 4 full sized polyps, and look like a frag of a parent. Vivid colors may not appear until the 2nd or 3rd year.
The growth rate of these corals is on another level compared to my photosynthetics!

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One of my oldest frags below is now just as big as the parent. Roughly 3 years of encrusting growth.
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This piece started from a propagule roughly 2 years ago. Notice the yellow tissue in the background without a polyp, it will develop babies within weeks!
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Having the large amount of colonies you do have you found polyps growing in places where colonies aren't I guess it would be asexual reproduction like under rocks or in the dark caves maybe the back glass
 
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Having the large amount of colonies you do have you found polyps growing in places where colonies aren't I guess it would be asexual reproduction like under rocks or in the dark caves maybe the back glass
Not really! My parent colony did have two big spawning events not long after purchase. It was a stress response to changes in temp / salinity. Got about a dozen babies this way, but larvae release is very sparse since then.

In my first tank I had a sun coral that left babies everywhere like you're describing, it was awesome! I think it varies by system. All the babies you see now are a result of microfragmentation.
 

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Hey thanks for getting back to me just wondered if it was something they do normally I only have one colony but last night when the lights were off I probably saw 25-30 individual polyps throughout my rock work
 
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Hey thanks for getting back to me just wondered if it was something they do normally I only have one colony but last night when the lights were off I probably saw 25-30 individual polyps throughout my rock work
Congrats! As far as I know its not normal, but if you find a way to get them to spawn babies let us know!
 

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@Tennyson ~ I’m glad I stumbled upon this. I have a couple of large colonies and was thinking about fragging them off. One colony has over 30 heads. I read about what you said about breaking off the head and believe I’ll try that.

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The NPS corner has reached maximum capacity!! I wanted to share my experience with my favorite coral that I've been growing for 3+ years. I started with a single colony, pictured in the bottom left here, and propagate by collecting propagules or encrusted tissue from adult colonies. I do feed mysis everyday, but they are worth it!
20190822_204141.jpg


If you can spy the tiniest polyps below (2-4 mm across), these are the newest babies at 2-3 months old.
After a year, they grow to an inch across, have 3 or 4 full sized polyps, and look like a frag of a parent. Vivid colors may not appear until the 2nd or 3rd year.
The growth rate of these corals is on another level compared to my photosynthetics!

20190822_204022.jpg
20190822_203924.jpg

20190827_224142.jpg


One of my oldest frags below is now just as big as the parent. Roughly 3 years of encrusting growth.
20190830_210010.jpg


This piece started from a propagule roughly 2 years ago. Notice the yellow tissue in the background without a polyp, it will develop babies within weeks!
20190830_210041.jpg
20190822_204140.jpg
Awsome, thanks for sharing, comrade
 
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@Tennyson ~ I’m glad I stumbled upon this. I have a couple of large colonies and was thinking about fragging them off. One colony has over 30 heads. I read about what you said about breaking off the head and believe I’ll try that.
Beautiful! Those are actually dendrophyllia not sun coral, but they should respond similarly to being fragged.

What do you mean 'break off the head'? Like break it off a rock and let the encrusted part grow new polyps? Let us know how it goes!
 

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