Hard, dark crusty stuff on hammer stem

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Hey all,
I have a hammer that’s not opening, and it has a dark, jagged, stuff, and crusted on its stem. I’ve read threads about algae, but I assume the algae would be soft, but maybe not. I’m pretty new at this. This stuff is hard like tree bark.

I have another hammer in the tank that’s fine. Its stem is smooth.

Wondering if I should try hydrogen peroxide in case it is some kind of algae and try to scrub off just the stem.

I’ve attached a picture of the affected coral, my other hammer that seems to be doing fine. And lastly a cyphastria. Is this thing dead? I don’t see any polyps, but it still has color on the base. It used to have small, yellow polyps.

Thanks for reading:)

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Vermetid snails.
They may or may not be irritating the coral.
Remove the frag from the tank and scrape/chisel the entire shells off and rinse in another container of tank water before returning the coral to the tank.
 
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