Here's my long story..
... Learn from me:
In April I purchased a 2 headed Green Duncan for $30. In one months time, there were 10-15 buds popping out around the 2 heads. I was so excited.As time went on.. The buds grew into small heads and this coral was thriving.
One day I noticed a Purple bump on the trunk of the coral. I didn't give it too much though as I thought it might be a new Stem getting ready to sprout. However, over the next month, the spot turned into a tube that stuck out from the side of the trunk of this lovely coral. However, the coral seemed fine.
As time went on, the coral started to lose it's brilliance, if you know what I mean. Color seemed duller, the polyps opened but they seemed thin, and I noticed the Skin of the trunk starting to turn brown.
Of course, as you all know, I had a Vermitid Snail growing on the side of the coral. This "worm" would shoot a web right onto the polyps and they were having trouble opening up. I'm sure this was also REALLY stressing the Coral out. I did some reading and the other night I took the coral out of the DT and closed up the tube with some Superglue. While inspecting the coral, I found another tube forming a few millimeters away so I closed that one up too.
Put the Coral back into the DT and hoped for the best. Some of the heads have died and the green skin on the base was peeling off. I prepared for the worst.
However, in the last 2 days, I've noticed that the stem seems to be turning green again and the remaining heads look 100% heathier when they are open, not thin like b4. I really think this guy is going to survive.
MORAL of the Story is... I you see a tube growing near or on your corals, make sure you take care of it ASAP.
Here's a pic of the coral before I killed the worms... Hopefully I can post some "after" photo's in a few weeks
In the photo you can see the Vermitid and how the open polyps look thin and unheathy. You can also see the Color loss on the trunk.
Should I be doing anything else for this guy to aid in it's recovery?
Thanks for Reading