Proud father?

Discussion in 'Corals' started by scubacane, Jul 16, 2008.

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    scubacane

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    Checking on my tank this evening I noticed a small bulb of my frogspawn- just one polyp- nestled in an old shell in the corner of my tank. At first I was worried that maybe one of the peppermint shrimp I put in the tank a few weeks ago to control my apitasia problem had attacked the main frogspawn- they have nicely cleared the apitasia totally and I fear they may be looking for an alternative food although I havent seen them show any interest in my corals-I then started thinking that this polyp may be a bud dropped off the mother coral? Any thoughts?
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    Usually frogspawn reproduce and grow by splitting.I,ve not heard of one dropping babies.What else do you have that might be budding?
     
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    joeman MorphingSquid

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    Interesting that you mention the Pepermint shrimps... I had this happen twice: when I added a new Tourch Coral I caught one of the Peppermint's with it's claws deep down into the coral. I hit it with a big stick, but it kept going back. I kept pushing it away... as I watched it eventually got stung (it jumped right back away from the coral) and I never saw it near the coral again. But following this there were little pieces of the coral flesh on the ground (much like you describe) - they looked alive and healthy so i though 'cool' but they didn't last long :-(
    Yote (of course :)) is correct, these LPS corals will grow / reproduce by dividing (a great split appears through it's mouth.. quite unnerving the first time you see it)
     
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