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IronChefItaly
03-31-2017, 07:04 AM
I seem to be on a streak lately and I was thinking of testing my luck with a tougher SPS coral. I am currently considering the following...

ORA Hawkins Echinata
Forest Fire Digitata
Green Slimer
ORA Red Planet

I run a mixed reef with a heavy emphasis on LPS corals so choosing an SPS that doesn't rely on a SPS dominate or ultra low nutrient system is key. The location receives medium flow and about 300 par next to a 7" colony of seriatopora. A taller or less full (as to not create a shadow) profile is also preferable. Any thoughts, experience or advice is welcome. As always, thanks for reading!

Parameters...
Salinity - 1.025 SG
Temp - 86 F
pH - 8.05
Alk - 8.5 dkh
Ca - 420 ppm
Mg - 1350 ppm
PO4 - 0.04 ppm
NO3 - 1.5 ppm



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tang daddy
03-31-2017, 09:48 AM
Nice looking tank, I think you could add many sps that will hold colour in your tank. The top of my tank is reserved for sps and clams bottom is softies and Lps. I am huge on Lps and softies aswel and have a huge collection of all 3. The often info given about sps and no nutrient or low nutrient scares people off but I have had my phosphates really high and also low. I now gauge my tank on how my Lps look. The colours of sps can be tweaked later but if you stick with nice coloured pieces from the start like hot pink Millepora, neon green stags or slimers and other simple pieces you won't have a problem with them colouring down. Lookingnat your pic below something red or pink would add some pop to that corner. If it was me I'd look for a red Diablo, red planet, or hot pink Millie good luck!

adam84
03-31-2017, 05:15 PM
Green slimer would give you more of the growth pattern you are looking for, red planet tends to table as the colony gets larger

WarDog
03-31-2017, 06:12 PM
Forest Fire is a weed.

Scythanith
04-01-2017, 06:05 AM
Hawkins echinata or the Red Planet.

IronChefItaly
04-14-2017, 10:04 PM
I appreciate the input everyone. After consideration I ended up going with the forest fire digitata, green slimer and hawkins echinata. Shipment came in yesterday and they all seem to be doing well so far - fingers crossed! I'll update if any of them die or do exceedingly well.

DKoKoMan
04-14-2017, 10:55 PM
Looking forward to seeing some photos of the placement.

IronChefItaly
04-15-2017, 12:46 AM
I will certainly do so, I always find it much more interesting to follow a thread with pictures. Currently keeping the frags in about 100-150 PAR on my frag rack. I included some pictures of them below and I forgot to add that they were ordered from FragGarage - very happy with their service. The forest fire digi, hawkins and orange setosa are my favourites so far. Over the next two weeks I'll decide where to try and place them first then xpoxy / glue them into position. Do you have any advice as to what sort of intensity and flow to keep each in? The birdsnest circled above is getting ~300 PAR, the zoanthids and clam on the center rock ~250 PAR, and the rock in the back left which I've since cleared receives about ~180 PAR.


https://i.imgur.com/R069l6r.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/SCS2scF.jpg

DKoKoMan
04-15-2017, 03:22 AM
Nice frags! They will grow in nice in your tank.