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Old 01-19-2007, 12:09 AM   #1
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I think my star polyps spawned?

I came in my room one evening to see this stuff all over my star polyps. It looks like a web of mucus with small little dots inside of it. You can see them as the small pink dots in the pictures. They are kinda tiny. However, they are all gone today (saw them 2 days ago).

Was it a spawn? Can you guys confirm my suspicions, please.
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Old 01-19-2007, 12:48 AM   #2
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They don't spawn to my knowledge... It is late but I can't see much in the pics

Sorry I can't help more
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Hmm, thanks ellisz. It's gotta be something. I was kinda hoping for a spawn (even though I know none of them would ever make it). I tried to edit the pictures and circle the "things".

They are simply, small little pink dots inside a web type substance. The poylps also stayed relatively closed for that day. But now they are gone and the polyps look great!

Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 01-19-2007, 12:36 PM   #4
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Look something like this?:





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According to the notes, that coral lived in captivity for 3 years before spawning, and then spawned each year for the next 3 years until it was moved to a new tank, and stopped spawning.

So it looks like congratulations are in order!!!

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Lol, sweet! Thanks loyalrouge! Im'ma be a star polyp mama.

It wasn't that numerous, the spawn. And I only had them for about...2 or 3 weeks. I must be doing something right! But it was still really cool and looked just like that. Awwwwesome.
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So do those little "dots" float away then attach to a rock and spread?
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Hmm, never seen that and I have had star polyps for a few years. I would not want them to spawn though, as they grow plenty fast on their own
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It appears that Green Star Polyps (Pachyclavularia violacea) spread both locally by encrusting the surface area around the colony, and also "long distance" via the currents by spawning egg/sperm sacks.

That's what I love about this hobby, I learn something new every day!

Perhaps next time your GSP spawn you could siphon it out and place it in a holding tank full of LR rubble.
If they survived you could start your own miniature GSP farm.
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that is just cool
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That`s very nice Lindsay. You learn something every day. That`s a nice experience
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