I purchased three new corals last
weekend. All have rigid and at times bizarre bases from
which the soft coral polyps sprout.
the Anchor Coral just after arrival. Notice the rigid but
convoluted base with the Grey polyp heads just sticking out.
Here is the Anchor after it
"blossomed" (but under different lighting).
Here is a closeup of the Anchor's
polyps. Notice how translucent they are, with curved and
The Anchor Coral is one of the more
"aggressive" corals. How can a coral be
aggressive when it is tied down to its rigid base? It
propagates stinging filaments to attack any creatures within
perhaps 6 inches. Here you can just barely see such a
filament: the arrows attempt to point it out. The aquarist
(that's me!) has to move all sensitive creatures so that they are
more than 6 inches away from the downstream side of the Anchor.