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"Boy, you wanna talk hard luck stories? Here this guy was, minding his own business on some warm, tropical reef somewhere. Then some guy comes along and breaks him off. Then they toss him in a dark box, ship him halfway around the world and then, just when it seems like things can't get worse, he's sold to ME!. When I got it, it only had four little paw-like 'branches'. And from the moment I put it in the tank, I begun a series of blunders with it that could only rival Laurel & Hardy in their silliness. It was dropped into other corals, it was continually knocked over. One time it completely disappeared for a week having fallen behind the reef wall and I hadn't even missed it until the LFS guy asked me how it was doing! Three mornings out of seven I'd find it upside down because a snail pushed it over. I did everything to this coral except back over it with my car. It probably should've died a dozen times. That was nearly two years ago. I think about that whenever the topic of "hardiness" comes up. I can't vouch for most of the others but if this one was human, someone would've already made a movie about him. Or her, I know, I know..."

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