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Old 04-01-2005, 04:54 PM   #1
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How hardy is hammer coral?

I have a small hammer coral (branching) in my six-week old tank, in which zoos, Xenia, Montipora and mushrooms are thriving. I was cautioned on another forum (too late!) about adding a hammer coral "so soon".

Assuming my water params are ok, is there a reason to be concerned?
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 04-01-2005, 05:57 PM   #2
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I thought that hammers and frogspawn were similar/related... probably not but they look so much alike it is hard not to make that leap. My frogspawn, most of which was introduced some time close to the 2mo mark has been thriving in my tank since it hit the water. My branching frogspawn has 3 new branches on it since going in. I have a sliver that broke off of my big one that is also attached to a rock and thriving quite nicely for as tiny as it is and my small frogspawn is doing really well too. It took a while for that one to find a spot in the tank that it liked but it is really happy now!

Is there something wrong with your hammer or are they just doom sayers?
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Old 04-01-2005, 07:15 PM   #3
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If all the other corals are doing good and water is in check. I don't see anything wrong with having the hammer coral. Make sure to give the hammer some space away from other corals because they might send out sweeper tenticles which will sting near by corals.

I placed my the hammer in low-medium flow and it likes it.
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Old 04-01-2005, 07:48 PM   #4
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Is there something wrong with your hammer or are they just doom sayers?
I think the latter. It looks GREAT. It's open and sways gently in a low current. Brilliant glow-in-dark ends under moonlights.
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 04-01-2005, 08:10 PM   #5
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They do look sweet under moonlights
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