Please ID this sps/lps?

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  1. Visser

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    I got this frag from a fellow reefer (non masa member) last week.
    I cant seem to get an id on it.
    It looks similar to a lps coral with the honeycomb shape on the surface, but it is hard like a sps coral's surface. (the polyps aren't fleshy like normal lps corals)
    It seems to be a rather fast grower as it has already started showing growth on the rim.
    The mother coral where it was fragged from is about 25cm across, & the guy said it grew to that size in 11 months from a R5 coin size frag.
    It seems to be a mix of encrusting & plating coral as it encrusted over the lr it was on & then started plating like a plating montipora.

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    Anyone have any ideas?
     
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    Gardineroseris sp. or even Coeloseris sp. Flow could alter shape of coral and honeycomb characteristics.
     
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    Very common species on some of our local reefs. uShaka has loads of it in their big stony reef display. I did find the species name but I can't remember it offhand. Will think about it...
     
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    I quickly had a look at some pics of both species & it seems to be a
    Honeycomb coral (Gardineroseris planulata)
    Looks like a very common coral on all reefs around the world & seems to be quite hardy...
    Interesting coral though!
    Thanks guys!

    I think i should go visit ushaka when i'm in natal again. Would love to see their stony coral tank! Thanks @Lord_Blackadder
     
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    Will do, thanks carlos.
    I think i should anyhow frag it to move one frag to my dt & keep one in the frag tank.
    Does anyone else have one of these in their tanks?
     
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    Yep, that's the one. Quite a cool species, especially when it gets big and you can really see the pattern.
     
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    Yeah, im rather excited to see what it does in my tank!
    Do you know of anyone else with a similar coral?
     
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    Pachyseris is the most commonly seen in the family. I'd imagine it's similar in many ways.
     
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    It does indeed look very similar. I like the parallel lines of the Pachyseris, looks very similar to the platygyra as well. (without the nice colors ofcourse)
     
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