KendallKid KendallKid
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What do you think this coral could be? #1
It has been growing steadily over the last five years.

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Coralline Coralline
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Re: What do you think this coral could be? #2
They are green button polyps, protopalythoa.
You may have already noticed as they have been in your tank a while but for the benefit of anyone unfamiliar with them, try not to touch them more than necessary. those ones are 'safe' but palytoxin isn't a nice thing to get on your skin, most people will only get a tingle from contact with the green polyps but a good habit to get into is wearing gloves to handle them especially if you dont know what tbey are, as some zoanthid species can deliver a much stronger sting
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KendallKid KendallKid
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Re: What do you think this coral could be? #3
Thank you Coralline,

I have been stung by them before- the marks take about a week to go away and really itch!
I have googled palythoa and scared myself this evening!