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Old 11-19-2005, 02:03 PM   #1
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monti cap growth (pics)

I picked up a pretty bleached looking monti cap from a lfs back in June or July. It was a really light, almost tan color but was nice sized and a good price.
I put it in the bottom of my tank at first and gradually moved it so now it's directly under a 175 mh about 8" from the surface. Light is about 10" above water.
Take a look at the growth. The first pic is crappy but it's all I had from back then. It really wasn't that dark in color.
As you progress thru the pics, notice how the white edges aren't white in spots. I see good growth (I think...lol) but now the rim seems to be disappearing or something.

tank parameters:
nh3 - 0
no2 - 0
no3 - 0
po4 - 0
alk - 3.9 meg/l
ca - 410
ph - 8.2

This 1st pic (8-1-05) I cropped from a full tank shot and the color is off....coral was not that dark looking, but you see the white-blueish rim.

2nd pic (9-26-05) you can see on the far left the "rim" doesn't go all around the edge.

3rd pic (10-21-05) is a better pic since I started to notice something happening then. Look at the rim.

4th pic (11-11-05) you can see the white edges are nothing like it looked when I 1st got it. I think the dark areas around the edges is the new growth since I got it.

So my question is.....does this look like normal growth?

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hmmmmmmmm everyone stumped on this?

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Old 11-21-2005, 09:27 AM   #3
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Looks normal to me. They are pretty fast growers once they start.

My green and purple rim has a whiteish area at the edges and is new growth. Some of my acros do this as well.
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Old 11-21-2005, 04:20 PM   #4
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Definitely looks like a green/purple rim that got bleached out. I have one of those from a rescue we did that looks just like the one in your photo. I'm hoping it colors up one of these days, but it hasn't yet. I think we rescued it in July.

Good luck getting it to color up. I know they don't like a whole boat load of light.

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