Territorial dispute

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  1. Magnus

    Magnus Sharknado

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    I have some kind of battle going on. I'm unsure if it's between my frogspawn and the 2 acan colonies or if it's between the 2 acans alone.

    A couple of days ago, I noticed one of my 2 acans started to shed some flesh and show tissue. Today, half of the colony at the top has shown rtn.

    Previously, both colonies were thriving and showing growth every day.

    Water is fine. Little high nutrients, but nothing different from last few weeks when they were thriving.

    I've taken a picture from the top, and one from eye level.

    My question is: who is the meanie and needs to b put in the corner? See attached pix:

    From the top
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    Eye level
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    Thank you for your help.
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Frog Spawn needs more real estate, any thing with a view will do. :p

    Hope the Acan recovers, I like them better.;)
     
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    Magnus Sharknado

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    Thank you, Cheryl. It's very strage. Both colonies are almost equally close to the frogspawn... why is the one that's a little higher getting all the RTN?

    For now, I will move the one that's hurt away and keep a close eye on the one in the front.

    Any chance the 2 different acan colonies would fight or being the same "type" they're buddies?
     
  5. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    No I do not see them being aggressive towards one another. One stinging Euphyllia tentacle flowing the right way in a current can cause a lot of damage.

    You can go over your stocking list of inverts and fish and see if any of the usual suspects is on the radar?
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    The colony below is Acanthastrea echinata, the colony above is Acanthastrea lordhowensis, hmmm maybe. Not sure if they will become aggressive towards one another, another hmmmmm.
     
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    Magnus Sharknado

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    Doubt it. It's been the same guys for the past year at least. Snails and hermits. That's all. Clowns have vacated the green hairy shroom and moved to the frogspawn last month.. that's about all the excitement I've seen since my new lights and increased growth that came after the fixture switch. I'm a little upset because all 3 of the coral in that pic were doing soooooooooooooo well... I was starting to feel proud of my reef keeping again
     
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  9. Magnus

    Magnus Sharknado

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    This may have something to do. I did not think of differenciating the genuses... but it's still hard to believe... my hope was they would meet in the middle and intertwine the different colors so I would have a huge colony half and half.

    Did I make a big mistake?

    At any rate, I suppose I will move the echinata since she is showing ALL the damage and the frogspawn and lordhowensis are just fine.

    I'm puzzled.
     
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    Personally, I believe a sting is a sting. The venom can't discern which species it's affecting. While a coral may not purposely attack a close relative, an errant tentacle caught in the current can do the same harm. I also believe all 3 corals in question need more space... much more.
     
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    Magnus Sharknado

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    I definitely gave them more room. This aquarium is so narrow! I'm never stocking a 12 inch deep aquarium. There is room for nothing between the front and back wall... may have to change it all at some point.

    Sorry for the rant. I separated the echinata that was showing RTN. The frogspawn and lower acan colony are just peachy, but I will find another spot for the frogspawn... that was a temp spot that became at some point permanent
     
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    Magnus Sharknado

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    Ps, after I have separated the echinata from the rest, no further damage was seen. I really hope it can come back from this. It has done it before, so I have faith. I'm not changing anything as far as stock goes until I eradicate the bubble algae. I have suddenly also seen a very large number of tiny aiptasia like anemones with white bubbles at the ends of their tentacles. They are like ball anemonies only that they are compmetely transparent other than the white tips and they ONLY come out at night. Still haven't found a name.
     
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