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    Color Different from fragged monti due to placement in tank

    This is pretty intresting, i took one frag of monti digitata that i got 6 months ago ( my first sps coral ) and broke it into two i figured that down the road i'd have two nice colonies instead of one, which is what happened, but i placed one at the very bottom of my 50 gal tank ( under 2x175W MH and 2x65 W PC actincis ) and they have a very noticeable color difference and growth patterns.. you can see for yourself, these pics are taken under the exact same settings on my camera.

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    50 Gal SPS/LPS Mixed Reef
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    Pro Cal Calcium Reactor
    Acrylic City Kalk Reactor
    Euroreef CS6-3 Skimmer
    2x175W MH 1x250W MH 2x65W Actinics

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    That's a lot of difference. It's almost hard to believe they are the same coral. And in the same tank under the same lights too. Very interesting, thanks for sharing.
    Susan

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    Thats what i thought too!

    I know that placement really plays a roll on color with acropora but i never knew it had that kind of effect on monti's
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    Mark,
    That is the whole basis of SPS. They are VERY vulnerable to where they are placed as far as waterflow, lighting, food reaching them, water clarity, etc... You will almost NEVER get an identical looking 2 pieces when placed in different locations or better yet different tanks. It is common knowledge that if you get a frag from some other tank and place it in your tank, it will change. This is why part of the whole SPS thing is being surprised by what you can end up with.

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    Mark, is this the same coral you used to create the frag I got from you ? If so I'll post a pick os mine as it also looks somewhat different...
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    here's a pic
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    wow, i need to learn to take pics.. sorry about the bad quality.
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    Thats the same one, another huge difference isn't it!
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    I have found purple tip digitata looks better under VHO lighting... under MH I found the stalk to be brown and the tips a dark purple/blue... under VHO.. its a pink/purple color... just like the pic nbreau attached.

    The orange however seems to turn more brown under VHO.. with MH and a lot of Actinics... you can actualy get it to turn a red/orange color!! I found the green also looks much better under MH(dark forest green) then VHO(light green/yellow)

    IJO

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