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Old 03-21-2007, 12:35 AM   #1
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anyone heard of an "octospawn coral"


I bought, what was supposed to be a frogspawn, about 6 weeks ago... it never really looked like a frogspawn to me and I HAVE had one before so I know what they look like. It just does not expand like a frogspawn and the "tentacles" don't look like frogspawn tentacles... I came across something called an octospawn in another LFS that is exactly like what I bought, but I have never heard of this coal and I can't seem to find any info on it either...anyone??
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Old 03-21-2007, 08:22 AM   #2
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I was a little confused over the same issue several months ago Jenni. But after a little research discovered that there are two different types of frogspawn.

I'm not sure I can describe the difference appropriately or not but ... visually looking at the polyps, the one has polyps alot like hammer ... long stalk/polyp with 1 tip on the end of it. The other has a long stalk/polyp with a whole bunch of tips to it. The later is Octospawn. I'm sure there is a way to tell from the skeleton of the coral too, but I've forgotten the details on that.

Here's a couple of pictures of what I think is Octospawn ...




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Old 03-21-2007, 12:46 PM   #3
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Thanks, Louise...

I do think that is what I have...I wonder why I can't find any info on this type of frogspawn (octospawn)...mine was not too happy when I first got it, (long story...did not realize my nitrates were way high) so it did not expand much, but now my nitrates are 0 and it is beginning to expand more and more... but I am sure it is not your "normal" frogspawn...

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Old 03-21-2007, 12:58 PM   #4
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I have heard of it, actually the guy I get my corals from has one, and I plan to buy it, maybe this weekend if I am lucky. If I do, I will post a pic.
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Old 03-21-2007, 01:08 PM   #5
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There are definately different types of frogspawn. I have "grape" frogspawn, looks like clusters of little grapes.
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Old 03-31-2007, 08:17 PM   #6
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Well after purchasing my frogspawn, and researching and asking questions nearby, I have learned that frogspawn and octospawn are in fact the same thing. Octospawn is just another name it sometimes goes under.
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Old 04-01-2007, 01:47 AM   #7
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Well,my frogspawn/octospawn is expanding more and more as time goes on and my nitrates continue to be "0"...but I will tell you,it is not the same kind of frogspawn that I had before....more like little bunches of grapes...
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Old 04-01-2007, 06:01 AM   #8
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Both look like frogspawn to me. Never ever seen "octospawn" on a stock list.

Both are genus Euphyllia. So are the Hammer or Anchor and Torch. Different polyps. Frogspawn has many ends on each polpy - looks like a bunch of frog eggs (hence the name), Hammer or anchor has polyps each with a single end that is shaped like a hammer or anchor and the torch has straight polyps with a plain tip - usually the tip is a different colour than the length of the polyp itself.

That's the problem with common names - they can be very confusing.

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Well,my frogspawn/octospawn is expanding more and more as time goes on and my nitrates continue to be "0"...but I will tell you,it is not the same kind of frogspawn that I had before....more like little bunches of grapes...
Mine is also like branches of grapes.

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Old 04-03-2007, 12:35 PM   #10
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I bought, what was supposed to be a frogspawn, about 6 weeks ago...
6 weeks?

sounds to me like you've had PLENTY of time to post a pic!!

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Old 04-03-2007, 11:19 PM   #11
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haha yeah! ... and hth do you keep nitrates at 0???
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