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yoki32
02/06/2016, 02:56 PM
Which should be avoided to purchase because they spread like weeds?

Zoanthids seem to be that type from what I read...True?

Drewl117
02/06/2016, 03:15 PM
Green star polyps and Xenia grow like weeds if u leave them be.

reefer1970
02/06/2016, 10:24 PM
My Pink palys & red montipora grow pretty fast. Zoas pop up a new polyp every now and again. Others don't grow very fast no matter how long you stare at them. I believe acros make up the majority of coral reefs and therefore prove to grow quickly. And, Yes GSP grow annoyingly fast

theman772
02/07/2016, 08:19 AM
Xenia big time Kenya tree

WaReefer458
02/07/2016, 05:23 PM
xenia, star polyps, zoas, palys, kenya tree, and mushrooms are just a few that will never be in a tank of mine ever again. my first tank almost 10 years ago I was all excited I got a small kenya frag that was on my first piece of live rock. Within 2 years it was probably about the size of your wrist at the base and took up about a quarter of a 75 gallon tank. It started dropping off limbs that were starting to propagate and grow elsewhere in the tank. That was when it was time for him to go. Same with the xenia.

swanny
02/09/2016, 02:46 PM
xenia, star polyps, zoas, palys, kenya tree, and mushrooms are just a few that will never be in a tank of mine ever again. my first tank almost 10 years ago I was all excited I got a small kenya frag that was on my first piece of live rock. Within 2 years it was probably about the size of your wrist at the base and took up about a quarter of a 75 gallon tank. It started dropping off limbs that were starting to propagate and grow elsewhere in the tank. That was when it was time for him to go. Same with the xenia.
Had to LOL a bit. Oh the memories of dropping Kenya tree arms!

organism
02/10/2016, 11:27 AM
Those little blue snowflake polyps are probably the most invasive coral you're gonna find in the hobby.

Sk8r
02/10/2016, 01:03 PM
Pocillopora can get out of hand. Many encrusting types can get out of hand on structural rock.

m0nkie
02/10/2016, 04:13 PM
season greetings monti... they encrust on rocks and impossible to get off

livingcorals
02/10/2016, 04:20 PM
I agree with organism, the Japanese blue snowflake clove polyps are crazy.

cyricdark
02/13/2016, 11:23 PM
I have the purple clove polyps they grow crazy fast, pretty though at night.

cyricdark
02/13/2016, 11:24 PM
Oh and I recently bought some yellow polyps I swear they look bigger every time I look at them.

rjl45
02/21/2016, 05:26 PM
+1 GSP , I keep them on an island in the middle of the sand so to keep it contained and easily trimmed. I could frag pieces off every week, if I chose too. It grows crazy fast.

InOrderToBeAble
02/27/2016, 10:41 AM
Weedy, weedy, Pulsing Xenia

NaturalReef
03/05/2016, 10:10 AM
Gsp, yellow polyps, Xenia, encrusting montipora...

They each deserve their own small rock.....you can thank me later:)

MadCnty
03/05/2016, 04:54 PM
+1 on Xenia... IF conditions are right it grows faster than weeds...

K.C.
03/05/2016, 08:10 PM
Pick a birds nest coral and guess why they're called that ?

I have Seriatopora, Ponape, Hystrics, take your pick, they all become basketballs if you let them.

hbrochs
03/08/2016, 06:09 PM
I put green star polyp and Xenia in my tank before I knew betterhttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160309/3b8cf88dcb57e2556cd38c77d956471c.jpg
This was about a year ago, and below is present day.http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160309/bafa4ed55ababdc152abcd076c9bea5f.jpg

dreaddinit
03/08/2016, 06:35 PM
That's gorgeous though! Easy to remove?

MadCnty
03/08/2016, 07:56 PM
Zenia, Shrooms...

tamu2010
03/09/2016, 10:06 AM
Anthelia's grow dramatically fast if you like those , I destroyed them off a rock that was completely covered it was 10''x4'' and in 6 months got covered completely again.

csb123
03/09/2016, 06:45 PM
Pulsing Xenia grow crazy fast for me. I pull them off the rocks with forceps and toss them in the crapper. Better nutrient export than macro algae!

coral102
03/10/2016, 08:12 AM
+1 on Xenia...:lolspin::lolspin::lolspin:

solidcore
03/13/2016, 09:05 AM
Gsp

Reef Frog
03/15/2016, 01:01 AM
In the world of stony corals, plating montipora and Hollywood Stunner chalices can grow very fast and outgrow the space allotted to them. But I wouldn't call them weeds.

Reefers can be a hard to please bunch. They complain when corals grow too slowly and they complain when corals grow too fast. The Goldilocks dilemma.

cats
04/02/2016, 02:42 PM
blue clove polyps man at least with gsp you can trim them off and section them off. my tank with polyps will ride the current to other areas of the tank.

reefteaser
04/12/2016, 08:38 AM
Green star does grow very well, but I like the look and don't have too much problem pulling it off or cutting it from the rock work to keep it in check. Same with the Xenia if I keep it on its own rock in the sand. If it gets onto the main rock work though, it'll take off. Kind of cool to watch it migrate though, and a sharp razor will remove it.
We all like what we like!

InOrderToBeAble
04/17/2016, 11:18 AM
I agree with all posters above - Xenia

Budman422
04/18/2016, 11:25 AM
Pocilipora can be a weed. As it will start popping up everywhere

vashawn
04/20/2016, 11:53 AM
Green star polyps,Xeni, mushrooms, anthelia,

blasterman789
04/25/2016, 01:42 PM
I dont mind things that grow fast but are easy to trim back and have a benefit. Xenia eats up nitrate and doesnt engage in biological warfare. Same with most zoas.

My list of pests include GSP which can deplete magnesium, and green implosion palys that spread randomly and can irritate sensitive corals. Rhodactis shrooms are also pests and can sting other corals and be very difficult to remove.

JonezNReef
04/30/2016, 09:06 AM
+1 on the Kenya Tree, GSP, and Hollywood Stunner! I got rid of the Kenya and GPS before they took over the tank. As for my Hollywood Stunner it started as a quarter size piece and in a year or so was a 12"x 18" piece that I frag often

cats
05/01/2016, 03:59 PM
blue clove polyps are probably the worst since there isn't a good way to remove them unlike xenias, gsp, and any of the others already mentioned. you can't section them off since they spread in the current as well. pretty much given up since the only option now is to nuke the tank with 1 of those antifungals

mamonako
05/13/2016, 10:18 PM
https://youtu.be/obFrRSfyoNU


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Reeferz412
05/16/2016, 06:16 PM
Most cyphastreas, briarium, gsp, xenia, some monti caps (red, green), encrusting montis (rainbow, mystic, etc), some leptos, lithos, and leptastreas (fast but not super fast. I have a couple chalices that grow like mad. The ones with tons of mouths.

Monkeypod
05/18/2016, 04:18 PM
Xenia and spotted mushrooms for me. I think the mushrooms are the worst of the two. They detach themselves, tumble around the tank till they find a new home they like.

Maritimer
05/18/2016, 04:33 PM
My mushroom tried that . . .

Found its forever home in a powerhead. (;_;)

~Bruce

Monkeypod
05/18/2016, 07:59 PM
My mushroom tried that . . .

Found its forever home in a powerhead. (;_;)

~Bruce

I wish about 10 or so of mine would do that. Haha

aqua tech
05/23/2016, 07:27 PM
Xenia and Kenya trees... You'll like them at first but begin to hate them.