Frogspawn budding???!

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  1. Dane

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    Hey guys!

    Noticed an odd polyp like growth sprouting from the base of my frogspawn coral. Its really opened up nicely ever since I moved it up in the water column and added a second T8 actinic.

    Any chance its budding? Or is this just a little hitchiker? It is coming from a little spout so I'm hopeful its a little bud :p

    If it is, what do I do!! Will it get "shaded out" by the larger colony?

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  3. LifeAquatic

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    Hey Dane, it seems to me that if it IS a little bud then it started growing there for a reason... like it's protected. What I usually do is have patience until you can tell what it really is. I've never seen my frogspawn multiply this way, usually the head at the top splits so I would bet it is some type of 'hitch hiker'...

    By the way, are you sure that's not a hammer coral? Which I have one of those as well... they split at the head too pretty much the same as the frogspawn.
     
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    Thanks for the response :) I have just done a bit of reading and it appears the the Euphyllia's do reproduce sometimes by budding, but the splitting is more common. Will definitely wait to see when its a bit larger before I do anything. Will feed with some freshly hatched artemia to try and help it grow a little :)

    And yes, I'm sure its a frogspawn not a hammer. While some of the heads do have that anchor shape the vast majority are round and bulbed. SO keen to get a hammer coral tho! They're beautiful! :)
     
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    Yeah, I love the hammers too. Well that is so cool if it is budding. Keep posting picts as it grows so we can see the progress.
     
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    Dane - let's wait and see. It's far too early to tell, I think.
     
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    Thanks jacques, I'll marshall my patience. :p Or try to at least...
     
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    Holy schhhhhmakeronis Dane, dude, are you taking a telescope to your tank?

    tell you what, my hammer had 4 heads, I watched the first split with awe... and suddenly it has 30 - keeping an eye on these guys is something special....
     
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    Hi

    This is definitely a way to reproduce for them!!

    My experience with Euphelia was as follow:

    Put them in a single species aquarium
    Let them grow undisturbed for 6 months in good water, not great only good water quality.
    Feed them regularly
    6 months later you will have all the heads split at least once.
    NOW COME THE TRICK
    Only split 50%
    Place these away from the mother colony
    Now the mother colony get more light on the "stalks"
    AND voilĂ 
    these buds appear!!
    Leave them on the mother until they are at least the size of a 5c piece.
    After removing them place them lower than mother and slowly move them up closer to the light.
    These baby's are generally very hardier than the mother colony or split heads.

    Just my 2 C
     
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    Hi Dane

    Remember I told you that they grow quite fast for a lps coral. With your maintenance you should have quite a few heads growing in the next three months. The small bud you see has always been on the mother colony and I noticed that they grew out to be full sized heads. Well done buddy
     
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    Growth

    Yes branching Euphelia are fast growers

    2 heads turned into 90+ fully developed heads and lots of budd's PLUS quite a bit of spawned babies in 1 1/2 years:thumbup:

    This all happened in Pet Stop under the scrutiny of our customers:lol:
     
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    Thank you so much guys, mnd moolis, keeyam!!! SO EXCITED!!! :willy_nilly: :willy_nilly: :willy_nilly: :willy_nilly:

    @mnd - I thought I was pushing the macro capabilities of my camera! But once I saw it i couldnt stop looking! The frogspawn really is something special :) I want all the euphyllias in my tank! :p

    God I love this hobby! Keeyam this is the coolest thing in my tank! When you going to hook me up with some more fags! ;-)

    I'll update when its a little bigger! Thanks again all!
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    good luck
     
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    I have the same thing going on with a torch coral I have, had no clue what it is and have learned that if yo don't know and can't get a good enough pic - I just wait until it grows as it cerainly will in time - then you can post on MASA and say something cheesy like - look what happened in MY tank...lol...Eerything is allive in a reef tank and it is really awesome to have the oportunity to watch things develop from little dots to something full of life...
     
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    Frags sound much better dude. :whistling:
     
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    lmao. I aint no pimp dane
     
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    Lol. Fail!! Hahaha, definitely meant FRAGS!!!
     
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    Hey Dane, how's that baby bud doing?
     
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    coming out of the closet hey? :lol::lol::lol: I can't believe I never saw that. I recon some people don't double check before posting :whistling: Hows that little guy (frogspawn) doing?
     
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