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Old 03-30-2007, 02:08 AM   #1
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maze/platygyra coral question

OK... I'll add a picture to this thread once it gets approved in the gallery, but until then here's my question.

I've got a flat, plate type playtgyra (maze) coral that was encrusted over a flat saucer shaped rock when I bought it. I've got that rock/coral sitting about a 1/3 the way off the bottom of my tank, on a flat shelf of one of my rocks. It seems really happy there, as it's visibly growing closer and closer to the edge of it's original rock home. Looking at it tonight, it's starting to grow over the edge of it's rock. I've got maybe a 1/2" gap between it's rock and my live rock that it's sitting on. (Yeah... I know a picture will help here - it coming!)

I'm totally new to this coral thing and I'm wondering how it's going to continue growing? Is it going to curl over the edge of it's rock and continue growing on the bottom side? Or is it going to hang off the edge and span that gap between rocks - eventually encrusting the two rocks together, and continuing to grow onto my live rock? (That'd be cool!)

Any insight out there?
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Old 03-30-2007, 02:12 AM   #2
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My guess would be that it will span the distance and encrust onto the other rock.
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I'd say it will encrust it's rock, and eventually build up enough skeleton to bridge the gap. It will not grow on the underside of a rock due to lack of lighting. The pic will definitely help though
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I agree with Ziggy. It'll likely span the distance and grow onto your other rock. Ill go check the gallery and see the status of your photo.
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Old 03-30-2007, 02:23 AM   #5
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Thanks Lindsay... here's the photos:







The gap isn't as big as it looks in the picture. The photos are kind of shot from below, so it exagerated the gap. (No... that's not a whisker in the one picture - it's a feeler from my cleaner shrimp that molted yesterday. And yes... my Nemo is a big camera hog.)
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I'd say that it will bridge the gap...nice looking coral...I have something similar to it!
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Thanks! I thought it was pretty nice looking too, and saw it fitting in my tank in just the perfect spot. Unfortunately, it ended up being bigger than I realized and it didn't quite fit on this rock like I thought. (What else is new?!)

I saw it at a great fish/coral shop near me and passed it by once. When I went back to get it the second time, they'd raised the price by $20! Guess they saw me coming!
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Sorry Kurt, I did not realize I was able to approve photos Yes, that will encrust onto the piece of LR, giving a nice, natural look. Nice piece.
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I have a question. Would it be wise to make sure the coral's rock is attached to the rock underneath it, in the event the smaller rock gets moved/toppled? I don't know so I was just curious....
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Good question roka64... I'd be curious also. There is a little cave between the bottom of the "host" rock and the top of the live rock it's sitting on. I'd intended to epoxy it down, but the bottom of the "host" rock, and the top of the shelf it's sitting on are pretty smooth. And as of yet, I haven't found an epoxy that acts like a glue - just ones that act as filler that harden to make a certain shape.

When I originally placed it, I placed it to minimize that gap we're looking at. My crabs or snails (don't know who it was) had other ideas though and shifted it a little to where it's at now. Since then, it hasn't been moved at all - and that's been about 5 weeks now. The way it's sitting, it's not going to topple off it's perch - but it could move a bit. (I'll get a top view picture of it tonight when I get home.) Any thoughts out there?
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