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Hello! This is my first post and I was hoping to receive some advice on my branching hammer coral. In July 2014 I noticed that my hammer had taken a nose dive and started shriveling up. After a week of only extending to 1/4th of its original size I noticed that a strand of tissue on the bottom of a head had begun dropping off. A day later this tissue had detached and floated to the other side of my tank leaving my main colony in perfect condition. It became wedged in a crevice of a rock and after several weeks it began to grow small polyps. I continued to let it grow and then when it became too large for the crevice I picked it out and glued it to a small piece of live rock as an experiment. It has been over 6 months since this occurred and now that piece of tissue has multiple budding heads growing off of it. In the same crevice that the tissue had floated to I have recently discovered another polyp beginning to grow. Has anyone experienced this before and could tell me what the heck has happened? I have not found a lot of research other than "polyp bailout". I am excited to see how these new colonies take off and would love to hear anyone's comments on what could have caused this. Thanks! IMG_1926.jpg

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These pictures consist of the new growth on the dropped tissue as of this afternoon, the main colony now, and the new polyp (unsure if that is the right term).
 
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