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Okay, I bought mine MO from Reef Science (now out of business) in March 1996. Paid $39.95 for it. It is a bright green Hydnophora the glows under actinics. It is smooth unlike most Hydnophoras that you see for sale. I have never seen another like it. It has grown under VHOs, PC and combo of MH and PCs. Here is a picture which does not do it justice.
 

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These aren't nearly as old, but they too were my first coral purchase back in January of 2000. They've been thru a 10, 20, and now a 55 gallon tank.
 

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and now the sad one. :(

My 10yr. old bubble coral, recently savaged overnight by a rouge urchin I was keeping for someone. :( Got infected I guess and lost it the next day.
 

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I've only been in the hobby for about 2.5 years but this thing I got about 1.5 years ago. When I got it, it was about 8"-9" across. As of last weekend it is 16"!! It's a plating hydnophora. Don't know the scientific name but it kind of grows like a monti-cap. Here it is...
 

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The big sinularia is 10 years old. Sometimes I wonder how big it would have gotten if I hadn't chopped it back to a stump several times in it's life.

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Doug - sorry about the bubble coral. I'm sure losing that one must have hurt. The clowns nestled in that coral made a really nice picture - which you let me use once. (think FAMA May 2002, in case you forgot. )

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Thanks Dan. It was a sad day for sure. That coral was through so much, moves and all. It was the strangest thing I have seen with the urchin. Perhaps its spines damaged the bubbles enough for infection. I tried saving it, but alas.

I have one of the pics you used in a frame. :) The clowns were sure lost. Tried several other corals. Recently found a large them a large BTA, and they are in happy again.
 
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