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  1. Walter84

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    So when I bought my 6 gallon cube the guy told me this was a hammerhead. I have gotten several opinions telling me it's frogspawn and its unhappy.
    Tonight as I was feeding fish just before I shut off the day time lights I noticed this.
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    Correct me if I am wrong but is this a new head? Why would it grow a new head if it's unhappy?




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    That's a piece of flake food partially blocking it btw. I can get better picture tomorrow when I get home from office. I leave before daylight get turned on.


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    Looks semi-similar to a piece i had gotten, From what i learned it's not entirely that it's unhappy, could easily have been close to dying off and is making a comeback, which explains why it doesn't look as full as normal and the new growth. Either way to me, new growth means you're doing something right :)

    Side note, both hammers and frogspawns are LPS not softies :)
     
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    Looks like a hammer to me.
     
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    Thanks wade, I wasn't sure still learning.

    Appreciate the feed back guys.

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    Anytime the flesh has receeded way part the skeleton ( like all the heads in the picture ) it was in really bad shape at some point. Could be anything but I suspect chronicly low alk levels over a long period of time.

    Looks like its trying to recover. Just needs lots of tlc for the next 6months.
     
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    I have been really staying on top of doing a 1 gallon water change every other day for the last three weeks along with direct feeding it 20minutes before every water change. very happy to see that regiment is paying off. :kackle:
     
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    Another step to promote a healthy recovery would be to place the coral into a hydrogen peroxide dip.
    The hydrogen peroxide will react with the algae growing on the coral's skeleton. By killing off the algae, you'll be giving the coral tissue a place to reattach as it grows.

    Start with a 4:1 (4 parts tank water : 1 part H2O2) dip for a few minutes. You should notice a bubbling reaction. You can also use a soft bristled brush to help dislodge the algae from the skeleton after/during the dip. Wait a couple of days after the first dip to see how the coral responds. If the coral looks good and there is still more algae to combat, repeat the procedure. If it appears that the dip did nothing to the algae, you could use a stronger mix with the hydrogen peroxide (2 parts tank water :1 part H2O2).


    And it may not even be a new head, but one coming back out as the coral is adjusting to your water parameters.
    The polyps of large polyp stony corals can recede quite far into their skeleton; almost to the point of disappearing.
    Euphyllia spp. corals are quite hardy and can survive some pretty extreme conditions.

    Good luck.
     
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    Sorry if this sounds silly but is that just OTC hydrogen peroxide or is it specific to saltwater, where can I get it if it is and is there more than one brand?

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    Just any plain old hydrogen peroxide; 3% solution.
    I've used it to clean up numerous corals from nuisance algae.
     
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    Awesome just finished reading about it


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