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Old 08/25/2006, 02:47 PM   #1
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oldest piece of coral in your tank

the caulastra in the center of the photo is 13 years in my system.it has produced frags that i traded off many times.it was 3 heads originally .what is your oldest coral.[IMG]http://[/IMG] http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/...i-DSCF0031.JPG


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Old 08/25/2006, 02:55 PM   #2
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This Maxima clam is supposedly 59 yrs old....




This euphylia has been in this tank for about 3.5 years (same for the derasa clam)...

[IMG] http://reefcentral.com/gallery/data/...78CIMG1996.JPG [/IMG]

Here's a picture of it out of the water:




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Old 08/25/2006, 03:02 PM   #3
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thats a handful.i had a torch frogspawn that i had 10 years .i thought i killed it last time i fragged it.i damaged the mother colony and it died but there was 4 babies out the side of the branches and i am currently growing them out.they are about as big as a baseball now,one year later


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Old 08/25/2006, 03:12 PM   #4
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In my tank back in colorado, I have a trachyphyllia thats been in the tank for 5 years now. there's a pic. in my profile if you want to sort through all of them


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Old 08/25/2006, 03:19 PM   #5
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my branching hammer has been in ther for at least 3 to 4 years and keeps on growing!


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Old 08/25/2006, 03:35 PM   #6
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Had a leather over 7 years , thats how long it was in my setup .
Grew to over a foot wide.


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Old 08/25/2006, 04:10 PM   #7
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We should get PaulB on this thread... hes got the 35 year old reef. I bet hes got some oldies!

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Old 08/31/2006, 07:27 AM   #8
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Not as old as some of you guys. I think my bubble is about ten, maybe eight I don't know.

One of my experiments didn't go exactly as planned a few years ago and I lost most of my older corals.
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Old 08/31/2006, 07:31 AM   #9
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i have a few corals that I had even before I ever met my wife! I guess that puts them at about 7-8 years now, lucky corals, lol


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Old 08/31/2006, 08:37 AM   #10
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I have had this trachyphyllia for almost 8 years.


This is a top view of the same coral.



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Old 08/31/2006, 09:43 AM   #11
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Cool idea for a thread. I don't have a pic right now, but I have a couple that are 5 years old... My frogspawn (which has been fragged at least a dozen times), green star polyps.

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Old 08/31/2006, 09:57 AM   #12
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I have some red mushrooms that have been in my possesion since 1993.


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Old 08/31/2006, 11:34 AM   #13
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Oh I forgot about green star polyps, I have them for about 15 years. It's hard to tell because they grow on everything.
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Old 08/31/2006, 12:14 PM   #14
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Oldest coral is an 11 year old Trachyphyllia, followed by a 10 year old Plerogyra. Although sea anemones don't count, I have had one in the tank with the corals for longer than that.


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Old 08/31/2006, 12:38 PM   #15
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I still have my first coral I bought 23 yrs ago. It's a bubble coral.
It is'nt doing well though as I had to move it to my 150 which has high nitrates right now cuz it was stinging everything in my 55.

Im working on the 150 now changing the sump and stuff to try to get the nitrates reduced.

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Old 08/31/2006, 12:58 PM   #16
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Kass that is fantastic. Mine is maybe ten and it also doesen't look too good. I have been so busy that I have really been neglecting my tank. I will try to do some much needed maintenance.
But 23 years is the best I have ever heard.
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Old 08/31/2006, 07:35 PM   #17
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I still have my first coral I bought 23 yrs ago. It's a bubble coral.
It is'nt doing well though as I had to move it to my 150 which has high nitrates right now cuz it was stinging everything in my 55.

Im working on the 150 now changing the sump and stuff to try to get the nitrates reduced.

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Holy cow!! How big is it by now? Have you fragged it?

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Old 08/31/2006, 08:00 PM   #18
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I have my first coral, a devils hand leather that I bought around 1994 and it is still doing very well. I guess the LFS knew what he was doing when he recommended it. It is huge and has survived several beginner mistakes and lots of bad luck. The funny thing is I thought it was dead right after I got it. I didn't know they shrunk when they were stressed so I got pretty worried when I took it out of the bag. It took a few months in my pretty sad tank to even extend it's polyps.


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The big leather at the top of this tank is 13-14 years old. I regularly cut it back to a stump, othewise it would take over the tank.
I also have the first coral I ever bought. The green striped mushrooms (below the toadstool) are 15 years old...well, they are clones of the original colony anyway. I thought I had gotten rid of them all at one point, but they are making a comeback. I have GSP's taking over another tank that are about the same age.

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The big leather at the top of this tank is 13-14 years old. I regularly cut it back to a stump, othewise it would take over the tank.
I also have the first coral I ever bought. The green striped mushrooms (below the toadstool) are 15 years old...well, they are clones of the original colony anyway. I thought I had gotten rid of them all at one point, but they are making a comeback. I have GSP's taking over another tank that are about the same age.

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How do you cut it to a stump? I'm curious because I have a HUGE (12"W x 17"H) green sinularia (sp?) that I need to cut back. It's about 10x the size of yours in the upper left corner of your tank. No kidding.


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Old 08/31/2006, 08:52 PM   #21
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My Hydnophora and Sarcophyton are over ten years old and my sinularia is right at ten. This year, I got rid of all my old LPS's and most of the softies to move to SPS.

The Sinularia has reached basketball size twice. The sarcophyton is the most beautiful one I have ever seen and has outgrown my tank three times only to be discarded and regrown from one of small buds growing at its base.

My anemone (sort of off topic) is probably many decades old but I have only owned it for ten years. Its clownfish pair are ten also.

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Old 08/31/2006, 09:05 PM   #22
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My red mushrooms lived through an entire tank crash while I was on my honeymoon and sat in a tank without any circulation and about $1500 worth of dead coral for almost a week.


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I've had the sebae anemone in the middle of the tank with the clown peeking out for almost 15 years now.




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With scissors... (sorry, couldn't resist)

But seriously, just cut off all the branches until all that's left is trunk. The above photo shows the cutting I did about 8 mos ago. Other times I've cut it back even more severly. It always responds with vigorous growth no matter how much I cut it.

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With scissors... (sorry, couldn't resist)

But seriously, just cut off all the branches until all that's left is trunk. The above photo shows the cutting I did about 8 mos ago. Other times I've cut it back even more severly. It always responds with vigorous growth no matter how much I cut it.

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Dang!!! That is some serious cutting. Do you superglue the frags to LR rubble for frags?

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