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Plerogyra sp. Picture taken April 1998.
Minolta 7000 35mm camera, no flash, ASA400 film.
(Scanned image)

Purchased on April, 27th 1998. Pictured taken on first day in the tank.

This picture shows how small the coral was when I first got it. This also shows the coral on its side. This was how the local fish store had it. I got a much better response from the coral when I directed it upwards towards the light.

You can also see the skeleton of the coral which has since been encrusted over by flesh.


Plerogyra sp. Picture taken March 1999.
Sony Mavica FD91 digital camera, no flash

This picture is a close-up of the surface of the Octobubble Coral.

The sack like structures can swell up in size to increase surface area for light. At night when not needed they get smaller.


Plerogyra sp. Picture taken March 1999.
Sony Mavica FD91 digital camera, no flash

This picture shows the Octobubble coral at its typical daytime shape. At night it typically doubles in size. The sack like objects contract and the tentacles grow. The coral looks quite a bit different than the standard bubble coral. This form is a bit more rare.

This coral was mounted vertical and held in place with marine epoxy. The flesh has since encrusted its way down the skeleton covering the epoxy and is encrusting the rock it is attached to. You can also see a sweeper tentacle in the lower right side of the picture.

This coral seems to be doing something rather rare for a bubble coral. It seems to be splitting. This process is taking many months. In the picture you can see the two fleshly lobes. The split is easily seen at night when the coral is much larger.


Plerogyra sp. Picture taken August 2000.
Nikon Coolpix 950 digital camera, no flash

This is a side view of the coral through 6 feet of water and a slightly dirty side glass pane. But it gave the coral a very nice real effect. Only from the side can you see just how large this coral has gotten in 2.5 years.

This is the first picture I have taken of this coral while under Metal Halide Lighting. The other pictures are from my 55 gallon tank which used VHO lighting.


Plerogyra sp. Picture taken August 2001.
Nikon Coolpix 950 digital camera, no flash

Almost a year has passed since the last picture. This view is from the side. The coral is about 10 inches wide. I've had to reduce the number of direct feedings to help slow down its growth rate. The coral still catching plenty of food during regular feedings


Plerogyra sp. Picture taken September 2002.
Nikon Coolpix 950 digital camera, Titanium Macro Lens, no flash

This image shows the long extended sweeper tentacles this coral uses to defend its territory.


Plerogyra sp. Picture taken July 2002.
Nikon Coolpix 950 digital camera, Titanium Macro Lens, no flash

Another year has passed. It has grown significantly. You can see the flesh is getting pressed up to the rock in-front of it. The tank over all is looking established and mature.