Hammer resurrecting

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  1. BParker

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    Hi,

    Anybody have their hammer regrow from polyp/flesh fragments?
    About two months ago I used paraguard on my reef system when my tang developed white spot. Day one all corals still looked good. Day two corals looking good. Day three disaster strikes. Immediately added carbon to remove medication.
    Lost my moon coral and pink plate coral, hammer looked a goner.

    Until I noticed that the hammer flesh that remained started regrowing. Below are some pics. Sorry about the quality but its taken with my mobile phone 'macro'.

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    Hope the polyps will grow into individuals. Interested to see the resulting structure.
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    The next pic shows a head that has regrown inside the previous one that 'died'

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    Anybody have similar experiences? Would like to see your pics.
     
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    It will recover IF conditions are maintained optimally. Bear in mind, corals grow from a single polyp,
     
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    Very cool.
    Yes, ive grown a couple of corals from sceletons. (Mostly LPS corals).
    LPS corals are capable of doing that quite easily! (sps's can also do that, but less likely to grow to "adult" colony than lps)
    I currently have an encrusting horn coral, hammer coral, bubble coral, acan coral, & a tiny acropora millepora that grew out of their "dead" skeletons. (Got them from a fellow reefer that had a tank crash...)
    They're all still small, but doing really well!
     
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    Can you post pics of yours, or are there any in your albums?
     
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    Will have to take pics this weekend. Only back home on friday...
     
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    i wonder if this will apply to this particular case where the new heads (polyps) seem to be growing from flesh left behind and not from a complete head... my understanding is that a polyp is a living complete coral tho just a single from where many more can reproduce
     
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    As promised... Here are pics of some of the corals I'm growing out from dead skeletons...
    Only got time to take pics of 2 of them.
    1st one is an encrusting horm coral. (Note the 2 x bubbles in the centre)
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    Next... A stunning green acropora millepora
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    @BParker
     
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    Yes, it's not unusual for SPS to recover from what looks like dead structure.
    LPS seems to be a bit more difficult. However, my policy is to keep the 'dead' coral in my tank for a while, just in case.

    How old are is the 1st one?
     
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    Its not unusual for either sps or lps to grow out from skeletons.
    I also always keep skeletons as there is a very good chance that it would grow out of some remaining cells!

    All thats required is a single living/healthy cell to grow out a full coral again...

    The first one is about 4 weeks of growth from nothing...
    I have 2 of the ebcrusting horn corals... Both was dead corals, & now growing out a couple polyps...
     

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