For some reason the coral begin to recede and all I could do was pray and hope. I ended up watching it die and turn to a complete skeleton. The wife couldn't believe what had happened and of course she let me know about it. God bless her little heart. I had to think of something fast. I told her that I had read about how plate corals will die and then reproduce sometimes and that maybe, just maybe this was happening. She didn't buy it, and I really didn't either. But in hopes of something happening a shoved it to the side of the tank out of view.
Of course she gave me a hard time about the ugly skeleton in my closet, errr tank and then to beat it all, my best buddies from the local reef club had a hay day making fun of me and my $500 skeleton. I told them to laugh on and when it reproduced they would have no part. They laughed harder!!
Well after about 3 months in the tank I noticed that there were little algae looking spots starting to form. Of course everybody said it's algae and it ugly. I thought that they may be right, but alas I held out hope!
To my delight the algae spots started getting a little bigger and low and behold a few looked like just maybe that has a teeny tiny mouth!
As a few more weeks went on they started to develop tentacles and start to look like very small plate corals!!
My wife and even my buddies finally got on board and I am happy to say that I am a Father of about 100+ teeny baby plate corals! YEA!!
Moral of the Story:
"Don't throw the skeleton of your dead fungia. Be patient and wait for the rebirth"