Will this grow back?

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Ok so last week I had a major decline in my tank- not sure what happened but I lost a lot of coral.
I added a poly filter few days ago and it worked it’s magic. Coral are beginning to open up and look a lot better than before.
I lost a few torch heads and most of my stylophora colony.

my stylo went from this to this (pictures attached) in 3:4 days. Currently the polyps that are left are open but the rest is all white will they ever be repopulated?

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If there are some parts that hung on and show good PE, they will eventually recolonize the old skeleton if they live. It’s very delicate right now but if it’s got good conditions and stable parameters it will eventually grow back :). Assuming that the tips Im seeing are alive and not just brown skeleton
 
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If there are some parts that hung on and show good PE, they will eventually recolonize the old skeleton if they live. It’s very delicate right now but if it’s got good conditions and stable parameters it will eventually grow back :). Assuming that the tips Im seeing are alive and not just brown skeleton
Yeah they are alive and extended I’m just worried about my CUC they’re what caused most the damage while it was retracted they literally ate all the polyps
 

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Yeah they are alive and extended I’m just worried about my CUC they’re what caused most the damage while it was retracted they literally ate all the polyps
Hermit crabs? I hate those things I dont use them any more. traded al of my hermits in for a fire shrimp and I have never looked back, same work done and the shrimp looks way cooler and doesnt eat my corals
 
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Hermit crabs? I hate those things I dont use them any more. traded al of my hermits in for a fire shrimp and I have never looked back, same work done and the shrimp looks way cooler and doesnt eat my corals
Yep all 3 of them had a feast idk what type of hermit I have but one is huge looks like a spider
 

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Yep all 3 of them had a feast idk what type of hermit I have but one is huge looks like a spider
I dont know too much about hermits but that shell must be pretty big because it came from a conch/whelk. I hope you can keep them away from that colony so it can recover!
 

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Good move, as hermits use them as traction for their self made ladder while doing damage
As for recovery, they heal well and should be ok
 
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Guys if the parts that are white are starting to get algae like a diamond pattern of green on them does that mean it will not grow back on that part?
 
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If you look closely you can see the diamond pattern on the white parts
 

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Parts that are growing algae are 100% dead. No doubt about it. I would do as Rjukan suggested and frag off the parts you think are viable. This way the algae can’t spread to those parts and irritate the healing polyps
 
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Is it worth keeping the dead coral? In the sump or the tank?
If you have a calcium reactor, it’s good media. Otherwise you can use it as frag plugs, attachment points for softies/shrooms, or as a graft to make encrusting corals look like branching corals. Stick some cyphastrea on the branches and make branching cyphastrea! I saw someone do that on here with 3D printed branching base but you’ve already got a perfectly good base. I also like to paint the skeletons and glue them to rocks to make small reef scenes in jars that I’m able to sell for a little cash. You could also use it as decor in a FOWLR tank like they did in the 80s
 
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