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Discussion in 'SPS Corals' started by carlosdeandrade, 2 Oct 2012.

  1. carlosdeandrade

    carlosdeandrade

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    Ok, two weeks back I was given these two sps frags, the first being a Pocillopora sp and the next one being a plating Montipora sp.
    I was wondering if you guys think they look ok?

    My pocillopra seems to only fully extend her polyps after lights out, is this normal?

    I can't seem to see any polyps on my monti, I know they are small, but is it possible to even see them without a nano magnifying glass?
    Here are some pics:

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    My parametrs are:
    NO3=2.5ppm
    PO4=0.08(wanted at 0.02, but what a batlle to get it there, will probably get phosgaurd after my holiday, missus says I can't spend more money:whistling:)
    Ca=430
    Mg=1350
    Alk=9.3

    Again, excuse the pics!:blush:
     
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  3. mariusmeyer

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    That is not a pocillopora. Thats looks like a Seriatopora or birdsnest. The polyps on the monti is very small and the red ones will show as tiny white dots. The polyps on my red montis are the least visible when I compare it to the green and purple rim ones.
     
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    carlosdeandrade Thread Starter

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    thanks @mariusmayer, given wrong info again. The polyps appear brownish in colour, hope that doesn't mean a bad thing.
     
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    Hi Carlos - Marius is correct. That is indeed supposed to be a Pink Birdsnest.

    Yours' coloration is a little bit brown. I have seen this happen in the past when the nutrient levels are a bit high in the tanks. And when there is not a LOT of very intense bright light in the tank.

    This is usually the coloration of the pink birdsnest:
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    This does not mean it's your tank - it might be that the birdsnest still have to acclimitize. They take up to 6 weeks to fully show their colors, if everything else in the tank is 100%...

    They are not the most difficult of SPS corals to keep, though.... ;)
    (easy-to-moderate rating).

    The red plating monti is looking good so far. They fall into the "easy" range of SPS corals to keep. And they do not expect a LOT when it comes to nutrients, etc. As long as their is ample calcium and magnesium in the water, and the water hardness (kH) is good (around 8-10)...

    Kindest regards.
    Jacques
     
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    carlosdeandrade Thread Starter

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    Great! I got it from a guy who had 25ppm NO3 in his tank, so I guess his nutrients are high. Can't wait for it to pink up, will look so nice! Glad the monti is looking good too, they are my favourite sps theses days. Apparently @Submariner has some nice green frags, but too scared to visit his shop, might just leave bankrupt!
     
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    carlosdeandrade Thread Starter

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    Its been 2 weeks since I posted pics of my two new sps additions to my tank and would like to show some progress on the Seriatopra and plating Monti.
    Also a pic of my new addition, a very nice Acro sp, would be nice if someone could tell me, i have been told it's an ice cap Acro.

    Compare to pics above.


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    NO3 levels are still very low, have increased my dosage of amino acids and proteins as my leathers are losing some colour. my pin cushion has gone a pastel brown while my toad stool has developed green polyps with pastel brown heads.
     
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    Wow, some very nice colour change. Growth also seems to be huge, especially in the space of only 2 weeks. Well done :)
     
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    Thanks@NickW, sorry about the quality of the pics, some days I have it some days I don.t.
     
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    Wow thats some growth alright. And its coloured up nicely

    Well done
     
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    Tank is really showing off some good colours. Well done Carlos:yeahdude:
     
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