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Old 10-18-2015, 02:01 PM   #1
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Pocillipora successful spawning?!

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Today whilst working at The Fish Crew (my LFS and employer), I was cleaning our Red Sea Max S-500, on which we replaced the t5s with a Kessil ap-700 just last week. We are using it as a display SPS tank. It has lots of acros, some montis, and pocillipora. Something caught my eye on one of the rocks, it was a small patch of pocillipora growing (see attached pictures).

After looking around, I found at LEAST 45 different patches of pocillipora all around the tank (including on one power head, one on the silicone, and a few in the refugium).

This hasn't happened with any of the montis or acros, but I think it's probably the coolest thing I've seen (even though it's going to start taking over other coral).

Just look for the little fuzzy green/purple bits in these pictures!
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I'll snap some more pics today, because it also happened in out 225 gallon reef!
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Poccilopora loves doing this. It reproduces well in home aquaria. Still really cool though!


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I still took more pictures lol, the first one is actually of a little pocillipora patch, and the other two are just cool stuff, the birdsnest in our 225 has literally grown to the surface of the water.

The clownfish refuses to swim normally, only upside down.
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Yep, it's quite common, but still cool. Maybe the clown has swim bladder?
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No, he can keep stable fairly well. In my experience, fish with swim bladder problems can't stabilize laterally at all.
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