It's been 15 months since I posted an update on the Oxypora. I kind of forgot about this coral to be honest so I thought I should rectify the oversight asap. It had grown from a small frag to a nice sized coral over the three years since it was introduced despite being overshadowing by other corals. I wanted to transfer it over into the new tank pretty much intact but whilst trying to detach it from the old rocks I discovered why it also goes by the name of porous lettuce coral. The skeleton is rather brittle and breaks extremely easily. After managing to remove it from the rock I ended up with a colony about half the size of the original which wasn't that bad but when trying to fix it on to the new rocks I ended up crushing it a lot more. Then it fell off/got knocked off twice during the following week by snails/hermits. By that time it's was a mess of broken skeleton held together tenuously by thin covering of flesh. I decided the best thing to do was to admit defeat and cut it down into the smallest piece just so it would be easier to glue down, better to keep a small piece rather than lose the coral entirely.
This is how it looked in the old tank on the 4th September 2019 (taken with flash on).
Here's the tiny piece that remained, six weeks following transfer. It's showing signs of recovery but looks a little pale.
Six weeks later...
And here it is today, back on track once more.
Hi, my name is Lisa and I live in Derby, UK. I am a self-confessed reefaholic!