Surprise, free soft corals

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  1. Paul B

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    As I was looking at my algae trough tonight I noticed a bunch of hair algae in there which is what I want, but I also noticed about 2 dozen polyps.
    They are soft, I thought they would be hard because they look like little 3/8" buttons but I touched them and they are soft. They are at the beginning of the trough where they get the most turbulence but the lease amount of light.
    I don't yet know what they are but when I get time I will have to turn off the skimmer to stop the water flow so I can see them better and take some pictures. I have never seen these before but it seems that I get this a lot, things popping up from no where.
    I can't tell if they are tropical or something from local NY waters.:blush:
     
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    Here are some of the little suckers in my algae trough
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    Wow Paul whatever they are, they look cool, Like some sort of shrooms?
     
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    Maybe they are. I really don't yet know what they are.
     
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    Hehe, Do they seem to extend from a stem?
     
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    No, they seem to be round and stuck to the bottom
     
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    Hmmm I give up :whistling:
     
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    bubble algae?
     
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    flatworms perhaps?
     
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    Nope, not bubble algae or flatworms.
    But I will figure it out. They may be from local NY water
     
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    this is a case for "Identify coral" :)
     
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    sea pumpkin? sea watermelon? :p
     
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    :skeptical:

    Maybe its some sort of NPS coral growth as there position in your system could flavor some type of hardy NPS coral.
    Just a thought:bored:
     
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    Whats a NPS coral?
     
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    I am not sure, they do have some light above them, but not much.
    There are none of them growing in the darker areas of the trough.
    The rest of the trough is full of hair algae, byt none grows near them
     
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    You have got hair algae growing in the dark?:confused1:
    Do you think you can maybe get a closer picture? Maybe you could remove one for closer inspection?
     
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    The trough has a strip of LEDs over it. The hair algae is in the light.
     
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