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Old 07-08-2009, 01:00 PM   #1
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I just moved my monti cap into my 72 gallon tank that has T5 HO lighting. It's up towards the very top of the tank. It was in a smaller tank (again, towards the top) but it was under MH lighting.

I expected a change in the coloring of it but I am concerned that's not doing well...perhaps it's just a normal change to the lighting. It's gone from a rusty red color to a brownish red (much duller).

I'm at work now otherwise I'd have a picture of it. I tested my water last night and the only thing that was off was my nitrates.....it tested just under .5. My calcium is a little low (due for a water change tomorrow) at 380.

Do you think I can keep a monti cap with T5 HO lighting?
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How long has it been in the new tank? It may just need time to adjust. Does it still show good polyp extension?
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How far from the water surface are the T-5's?
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The monti has been in the tank for almost a week. I've never seen too much of a polyp extension from this coral ever. It grew like crazy in the other tank.

The t5 fixture is about 3 inches from the water surface.
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I have red monti`s thriving under VHO`s. I would say you should be OK under T5HO`s.
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That's about the correct distants. Just leave it and see how it adjust to the area.
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Where do you have the monti's located in the tank? what kind of water flow do they receive?
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I have it mid level high with moderate to high flow.
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It is probably just changing color due to the change in light. If it was really stressed i would think it would just bleach not change color. It will probably take a couple weeks for it to settle into the new tank and placement
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