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"This is another one of the elder statesmen of my reef, having been sent to me from California by my old friends at Tis/Reef Systems. Once placed here at the very top of the water column more than four years ago, it has never been moved. Now, one would think a coral this old under this much light would've grown a lot more than it's present 6" (check snail in image for scale) which MAY be up from the 4" it was when I got it. I don't really have an answer to that. It's surely never been damaged or 'sick'. And yet all it does is very slowly and quietly encrust the rocks around it as if it doesn't want to disturb anything. But, to paraphrase a saying here; don't take it's meekness for weakness. If you look carefully at the image, you can see this coral is just covered in sweepers and according to the books, they're fairly powerful. It just chooses not to use them. How...in-human."

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