Hammer coral has a bubble

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  1. Arcain41

    Arcain41 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    I cant seem to get a good picture, but our hammer has a large bubble. It looks like it has swelled up one tenticle the size of a nickle. Any ideas on what caused this? Is it bad? What shold we do?
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  3. coral reefer

    coral reefer Giant Squid

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    I've never seen or heard of this. If you can post a picture, maybe we can get some answers to what is going on.
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  4. suckafish

    suckafish Montipora Capricornis

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    anything picking on him or any corals around that could sting him?
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  5. Arcain41

    Arcain41 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    There are some fuzzy mushrooms next to it. (been next to it for more than 6 months) Then there is a short tenticle plate about six inches away, but it isn't down current or anything. Hmmm...I will try to get a pic in the morning.
  6. tulare reef

    tulare reef Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    i have 2 diffrent collines of frogspon and the have bolth done this, i reed a lot to try and find out what this is and found nothing. the owner of the lfs said he had never seen this in a tank but he said in the wild that is how the spread with eggs. but mine went away after about 3 weeeks and have not been back.
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  7. PharmrJohn

    PharmrJohn Giant Squid

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    I'll bet you a dime to a dollar that it is growing a new head. Sometimes you can catch frogspawn doing this.
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  9. Arcain41

    Arcain41 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Cool! Good to know. I'll keep an eye on it. Karma to you all.
  10. pipplestock

    pipplestock Plankton

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    Hi all! my hammer coral is doing the same thing. It also seems to be more retracted in it's
    skeleton the past five or six days. Ca is around 430 dKH is around 12 no nitrates good spec grav. etc Here are pix.

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  11. Arcain41

    Arcain41 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Thats exactly what mine did. It went away and the hammer is fine!
  12. cement_skis

    cement_skis Sea Dragon

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    Euphyllias do that when they are about to split.
  13. reefer Bob

    reefer Bob Montipora Digitata

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    mine did it for a few weeks and then they split.
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  15. PackLeader

    PackLeader Giant Squid

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    Weird! My torch has split three times now and I've never seen anything like that.
  16. pipplestock

    pipplestock Plankton

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    Just got a more accurate measurement from my lfs refractometer and it's 1.022
    My fish guy recommends an increase in salinity to 1.024, which makes sense
    because when i'm away for a few days and I theres alot of evap. (i have a 10gal)
    the hammer coral is raging. He said to raise the salinity, just wait for a little evap
    then top off with salt water. Also my Calcium was 320 (dKH is fine) so I just added 1mL of purple-up. lfs said it could take up to a month for the hammer coral to recover
    hmmmm. we'll see what happens with the lfs recommendations. thoughts?
  17. Bunner

    Bunner Bubble Tip Anemone

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    I've read that it matters more that the salanity is constant (in the approriate range) rather then 1.022 -1.024. basically they said pic one and stick with it.
  18. tarheel

    tarheel Skunk Shrimp

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    My frogspawn did this for about a month while it was splitting. It is great now and I never changed anything. Seems to me these things can grow new heads one of two ways, by either growing a small head near the tissure border of the existing skeleton or by splitting a current head. Mine has done both, and when the existing head is splitting it will bubble and then go away when it has formed the new tissue. Best thing is to not over act and change a bunch of stuff. If the color is good and nothing else looks wrong just keep up with what you are doing.
  19. Arcain41

    Arcain41 Coral Banded Shrimp

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    I really wouldnt worry about it. Mine is perfect. Just sit back relax, and enjoy the amazing way nature grows. Once you know its not a disease or anything, nothing to worry about or change.
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  21. Triplemom

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    In the interest of "science," I tried to get a a few pictures. We noticed a bubble in our hammer coral about a week or so ago. We've had the hammer coral for almost a year and a half and it's about the size of a softball. It has sprouted many new heads in that time, but never a bubble!

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  22. marlinman

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    Did anyone throw any gum into the tank?;D Sorry but I just had to say that.:cheesy: