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Old 04-02-2014, 09:49 PM   #1
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White ring around plating monti

Today I noticed a white ring all around the edge of my plating montipora. I'm not very familiar with sps, however I have heard that exposed skeleton can mean the specimen is dying. Can anyone help me diagnose this development? Thanks very much!

Also, sorry if the pic is hard to see under my moonlight. I'll upload a better one tomorrow, if this one is too hard to discern.

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Old 04-02-2014, 09:53 PM   #2
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That usually signifies new growth which is the case here from what I can tell
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Btw, all params are fine (except for mag, which I don't test for. I have considered it, but never bought the test. On a side note, is testing mag recommended for a tank like mine? 3 JBJ picotope)

Ammo 0
Trites/trates 0
Ph 8.3
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Alk 13
Po4 0
Calcium 480
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That usually signifies new growth which is the case here from what I can tell

Thanks bribo! Very glad to hear that
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Thanks bribo! Very glad to hear that
No problem always nice to see things grow haha
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New growth out of SPS is usually white. The first time I saw it I was freaked out as well. Here is a great example of the same kind of monti in my tank showing the growth and even what happens when the glass gets in the way.
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Good to know! Lol I thought my monti was already dying... Freaked out for a minute!
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Indeed. Though a really rough picture, you can see the white tips on the birds nest as well.
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Interesting -- is the skeletal growth already colonized by polyps by the time it appears white? Looking closely, I cannot discern individual polyps on my monti where there is new skeleton. I'm just wondering what mechanism allows the skeleton to be built before there is significant polyp growth.
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The skeleton has to grow before the polyps can form. What do you think houses the polyps??
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