The secret to super long toadstool polyps (borderline weeping willow)

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So this might be extremely subjective, but I have a 15 gallon all in one that I put a green polyp toadstool into. I was doing some high light for a while but recently turned my nicrew 30w all the way down to the lowest blue setting and left the toadstool in a corner under the return flow.

I can honestly say that in the following two weeks, PE went from 1/2 inch, to almost triple that. The polyps themselves have also shrank in circumference to accomodate this length and... You guessed it, it looks almost exactly like it's getting into Japanese Weeping Willow territory if this trend continues. I've attached very short 3 second video to give you all an idea of what it has become this last week. I'll update if this continues!!!
 

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So this might be extremely subjective, but I have a 15 gallon all in one that I put a green polyp toadstool into. I was doing some high light for a while but recently turned my nicrew 30w all the way down to the lowest blue setting and left the toadstool in a corner under the return flow.

I can honestly say that in the following two weeks, PE went from 1/2 inch, to almost triple that. The polyps themselves have also shrank in circumference to accomodate this length and... You guessed it, it looks almost exactly like it's getting into Japanese Weeping Willow territory if this trend continues. I've attached very short 3 second video to give you all an idea of what it has become this last week. I'll update if this continues!!!
 
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Can you give us some pictures. I can't view the video

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Photo attached. :)
 
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So this might be extremely subjective, but I have a 15 gallon all in one that I put a green polyp toadstool into. I was doing some high light for a while but recently turned my nicrew 30w all the way down to the lowest blue setting and left the toadstool in a corner under the return flow.

I can honestly say that in the following two weeks, PE went from 1/2 inch, to almost triple that. The polyps themselves have also shrank in circumference to accomodate this length and... You guessed it, it looks almost exactly like it's getting into Japanese Weeping Willow territory if this trend continues. I've attached very short 3 second video to give you all an idea of what it has become this last week. I'll update if this continues!!!
I wonder if lowering the light is what made it extend its polyps, like when shrooms or zoas extend upwards when they want more light. Either way, looks cool!
 

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I wonder if lowering the light is what made it extend its polyps, like when shrooms or zoas extend upwards when they want more light. Either way, looks cool!
Mine has polyps that can get pretty long although I’ve never thought too much about it. But you’re probably on to something with the light.
Mine sits in between two large rocks in the center of the tank. The rock to the left has an overhang that shades some of it. I’ll throw a couple of pics up so you can see the placement. The majority of polyps are about 1”-1.5” long. The outer edges in more light are .25-.5” long
It gets a bit of flow as it’s always waving. It seems to like the flow
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Mine has polyps that can get pretty long although I’ve never thought too much about it. But you’re probably on to something with the light.
Mine sits in between two large rocks in the center of the tank. The rock to the left has an overhang that shades some of it. I’ll throw a couple of pics up so you can see the placement. The majority of polyps are about 1”-1.5” long. The outer edges in more light are .25-.5” long
It gets a bit of flow as it’s always waving. It seems to like the flow
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Beautiful tank! And yes, after looking at that pic, you can definitely see the longer polyp extension in the shaded part. Interesting how they really can look like a long-polyp toadstool or Weeping Willow just from placement! I love the Neon green of these - definitely need to get one. I feel like I have too much tan/pink in my tank, lol.
 
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I have one that is white. Extremely long polys always reaching unless I bump it. Then they lay down or shrink. They are under a hybrid setup on the high side of par. I have no idea how jake adams had his so chilled out waving I the flow.
 

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