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Old 07-12-2013, 01:48 AM   #1
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Awesome recovery from gulf live rock hitchhiker coral

I got two different coral hitchhikers on some uncured gulf live rock I bought. When i first got them, they were nothing but white skeleton, but after a week or so I started noticing they were coming back! Here is the first one shortly after I noticed.



And here is a picture of it today... maybe a month and a half later.



Here is the other one almost completely dead...



Here it is recovered a little bit...



And here it is today...



This rock was out of water, just covered in wet paper towel, for over 48 hours. Amazing what can survive!
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:07 AM   #2
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That's cool are they Duncan's?
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:08 PM   #3
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I havn't been able to identify it yet. I'll probably have to wait for it to grow a bit before I can tell. My best clue is that its a species native to the gulf.
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Looks like some montastrea species?
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Florida rock is loaded with hitch hikers...good and bad. Lots of mantis shrimp as well! I was going to order some simply for the diverse assortment of macro algae you'll find on them.
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I heard that a good way to get mantis out is to put the rock into a high salinity batch of water and they will try to escape, is that true?
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I see these all the time when I'm scalloping they are all over the place...
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Awesome mskerrichard27! That sounds like it would be fun.
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Very much I actually use some of the fresh scallops for fish and eel food in my home mix and sometimes come home with a bunch of different macro algaes from gathering the scallops that I use in my refugium
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Your so lucky, I can't do that in Toronto. I did grow up ont the Dalmatian cost and miss it a lot, snorkelling was my only thing
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