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Old 12-13-2004, 08:12 PM   #11
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Several things to look for. Overall color, be sure it is fairly uniform between each branch and their corallites. No white patches, black lines or blotchs. Thinkness of the branches based on species. A well maintained chem will mean a much thicker healthier coral while a chem outside NSW (higher) will be thin, reedy and have brittle branchs. It can also cause uneven thicknesses along the branchs. If buying frags on plugs, be sure they have some amount of growth covering the plug itself. That will ensure it is not a recent frag and still a little "iffy" on survival.

Also look for signs of parasitic activity in the coral holding tank itself. If the "general" health of the tank is lacking it's best to steer clear unless you can easily and confidantly dip the coral. A main one to look for with Acropora's is red bugs although not usually a concern with other SPS species and tiny little nudibrancs on monti caps. Usually found on the underside of the coral.

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Thanks for all the help.... I will refer to this often.

One last question.

List three of the easiet to maintain LPS or SPS....
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LPS I would say candy cane, torch or hammer. SPS is would say montipora.
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Any other easy to maintain suggestions?????
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On the SPS, I would start as Lando suggests. There are many varieties and colors of montipora so don't think of it as limiting. They are probabley on of the most forgiving and truely the best starting point.

Other LPS are fox, open brain, bubble, donut/meat and blastomussa.

LPS species to avoid... Tubastraea and elegance. Plates are an option but I would wait until you feel comfortable with the others.

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