Purple fungia plate coral

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  1. nudibranch

    nudibranch Guest

    My piece looks nice, too.
  2. My frag never extended its polyps and after a few weeks started to bleach and lose flesh, as of now has about 15% flesh left on it, not sure exactly why it started bleaching, NO2/NO3 and Phos are all 0, PH is steady 8.2-8.3, temp is 75-78, salinity 1.025

    looked great for a week then a steady decline since :(
  3. eldiablosrt8

    eldiablosrt8 Sponsor

    Mine the same it bleached but only bout 40% its a lil brown well
  4. anathema

    anathema Guest

    Mine is still bright purple and I haven't seen either recession or growth, it looks almost exactly the same as the day I picked it up.
  5. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    Interesting....bleaching meaning tissue recession? The 3 frags I have in my tank have skin growing on the sides already. This guy is a pretty hardy plate coral. He's been nipped a couple times with exposed skeleton and it grew back within a week. Sorry to hear that guys. :(
  6. anathema

    anathema Guest

    I wanted to update this because I've recently had a setback and then a recovery and it's been pretty cool to watch.

    I first noticed about 2 weeks ago that one of the septa was losing tissue on the corner, and over the next couple of days the coral began to rapidly lose tissue. I decided to move it, and in the course of doing so I discovered that it had sunk into the sand slightly due to the current where I had placed it. The tissue underneath had completely receded and the recession that I had noticed on top was this spreading. I'm sure it would have continued if I hadn't moved this out of the sand. I have since set it up on some rock pieces where it can get flow under it as well as above.

    At the time I moved it, I also noticed what appeared to be mesenterial filaments on the "inner" face of the coral. I couldn't distinguish a mouth, but I stuck some small bits of food to them the night after moving it and it held onto them for quite a long time. Over the course of a week, these have developed into two mouths that readily accept small food particles, and the coral has rapidly begun to regrow the exposed skeleton. I ended up with three septa exposed, and I hope it will regrow them, however currently it's simply growing down to recover the bottom portion that was damaged in the sand. I've been feeding it every few days, and even though it can't accept very large food items I feel this is helping.

    Tough little guy, and I love the color!
  7. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    That's some good news Gusty! Yep, this coral is pretty tough. I have an extra frag receding so I put him on the frag rack. Also keep the sand away from the splines. He's slowly growing his tissue back. The mouth portion I have is completely healed and not as square as when I cut him. Has tissue everywhere now. :)

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