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Old 05-03-2008, 01:19 AM   #1
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My frogspawn and Hammer coral are doing well however both of them have 1 head where nothing comes out. Should I Cut off this piece and toss it in the trash or leave it alone??
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I'd just leave it alone. You can "prune" the dead skeletons if they impede the flow through the colony, but in your case that doesn't look like an issue. You can do either though.

Nothing will "come out" of the dead stalk. The live part of the coral is the tissue that's wrapped around the end of the stalk. As the coral grows, it will produce more skeleton (stalk) under the tissue, and the tissue will grow up the stalk. The "border" of the living tissue may move up the stalk, or not. As it grows, the stalks will get taller, and will often branch off forming multiple shoots where there used to be one. If something happens to a head, or you break/cut/frag it, you'll be left with the dead stalk (skeleton).

Sorry if I'm repeating what you already know, but your comment about it "coming out" reminded me that I had no clue how these things grew when I got my torch!
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Sorry if I'm repeating what you already know, but your comment about it "coming out" reminded me that I had no clue how these things grew when I got my torch!
No problem thanks very much. In reality I know little other than they grow and when I touch them retreat inside the shell. I was concerned about damaging it by cutting it. I know people frag these all the time I just never have done anything like that myself. I was also thinking that cutting off the dead part may help it to grow is this correct?
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Looks like you have some fleshy parts coming out of the head on the first picture? If so I would let it be!
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The only time I would consider breaking it off if you had the brown jelly disease. You would know if that was happening. I agree with the others and just leave it alone.
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I agree with Lindsay. Looks like there is some life on that head.
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I agree that it looks like there is some life there. I thought I had lost mine completely when I out of the country in Nov. '06. It looked dead when I got back but I left it in the tank. It came back to life and grew so big I had to move it. In moving it I broke a branch off and now have two medium size frogswpawns.
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