Acropora ?

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  1. Warr7207

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    Many moons ago I was told this coral is an Acropora. Well it hasn't grown much in the last 12 months and it doesn't like too much light. I am starting to doubt it is our common run of the mill acro.

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    It could be an encrusting monti that grew over a dead coral skeleton. Did the tips grow at all or have they been the same since you got it?
     
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    It does not have the typical acro tip on the branches. My2c.
     
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    I'm pretty sure its a Monti, but there are so many sub-species. cappitata, altesepta, spongiosa, all look a bit like it and I only looked part way through.
     
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    Then, I found Porites, could be lots of those too.;)
     
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    Sorry I should have mentioned those "branches" have never grown :p
     
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    Then it's more than likely an encrusting monti of sorts
     
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    It's not maybe a plastic coral made in China? :lol:
     
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    Apparently they are quite easy to keep. Y:thumbup:
     
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    Yeah, very hardy but a bit difficult to frag :p
     
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    Eish, I never thought of that :)

    Can put in my gold fish bowl
     
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    Terminal polyps. I think it's Acro with stunted growth.
     
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    Any ideas what could cause this ?
     
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    Withdrawal symptom from having the sky rearranged dinner periods altered and menu changed. Not cool all at once. Actually frikkin irritating
     
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    But for over a year, he has been like this.

    And the other SPS are growing 10x quicker than this boy ?
     
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    Warren, I am just taking a chance here, but a guru mentioned to me once that if you have softies in the tank, they release some chemicals, restricting the growth of sps because of Competition- To an extend I do agree, cause I have some sps in the tank that has not grown 1mm since I introduced them about 06 -07 months ago, as my tank is 90 percent softies
     
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    I would agree with Sunburst and Sean...looks more acro to me. It actually reminds me of an acro I had in my old tank- a very plasticy green colour which took a while to settle in.
     
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    If thats an acro and has always looked like that it would have died long, long ago. If you've just handled it and all polyps are retracted, maybe.

    I've run tonnes of softies with plenty acros for a long time. If it stunts their growth, its not very serious. And it never made them look this sick.:p

    I'm sure it must be a monti.
     
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    One thing that I don't get is, all my other Acro have only been in the tank for 6 months and tripled in size. This unit hasn't grown at all in 12 months.

    I have tried moving this coral to different flow and lighting areas.

    When at the top of the reef it goes brown. Also this coral has purple polyps but only on the encrusting base and not on the "branches"

    Can't seem to get this on the camera
     
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