No6 Hitchhiker Goniopora?

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  1. 2balive

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    Is it posible to get a hitchhiker Goniopora?

    Best pick I can get, it is encrusting with a hard skeleton. Small tubes with "flower" heads. To small to count the tentacles.

    Started as a speck, now about a 50c size at its base and has formed a small dome.

    [​IMG]
     
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    it is possible but i think it is probably a porites sp.
     
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    Hopping, but you are probably right.

    It's tentacles is very tightly packed and (relative to its size) long, going for about 1cm soon.

    Will wait and see what it looks like when it grows up.
     
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    To me it looks like a small toadstool leather.
     
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    It is definitely a hard coral, the skeleton is visible when the polyps retract and i have touched the skeleton (don't ask).

    Yes @belindamotion, Porites is hard corals, and in the SPS group, think in the same family as Goniopora.;)

    The description for Porites say that the tentacles are far apart, but I think @Achilles is right and that it only looks dense and long because it is still such a small specimen.

    Still happy, this is my second SPS hitchhiker discovered this month. Trying to get a pick of the other one.
     
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    Weird, it is spontaneously growing at the bottom of the tank, near the sand, sheltered from flow. Not a good place for any SPS?

    Also always has its polyps out, day and night, only retracts when physically disturbed.
     
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    Agree with Achilles, it does look like a porites of sorts.
    I have some in my tank and it doesnt seem to care much about where it grows regarding light/flow etc.

    Where did you get this livrock that it came with so many hitch hikers? All i ever get is aiptasia, crabs and mantis shrimp.
     
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    Both from Perky Pets.

    The other hitchhiker is growing from the plug the little birds-nest is on. I have put putty, glue and tons of fingers on it and it keeps on coming back.

    Also think it is a porites, the kind that the little fan worms grow in, lets see.

    Touch wood, so far no aiptasia, no nudies, no mantis, onlyone is Hellboy, one very smart crab.
     
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    Hi Len, where did you get the good quality live rock from with so much life on it. Dont see such good live rock in CPT these days.
     
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    perky pets in cape town was his answer :)
     
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    Finally got a better picture.

    Still Porites?

    [​IMG]
     
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    Has it encrusted more since the first pic?
     
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    Hi

    No, not wider, but got a bit higher. The polyps got much bigger (thicker and longer).
     
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    Id still go with porites. Can you get a pic of it with its tentecles retracted?
     
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    I will try, but it is white with angular surfaces and evenly space polyps
     
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