I didn't get a pic of the Monti Cap cause when i pulled off the PC
fixture to add some top off water I realized that it was almost totally outside the range of the MH
bulbs, so I cut off the stem of the frag plug and moved it to a better spot.
The odd thing is the Pavona maldivensis. It also is totally out of the range of the MH
bulbs as well as being down at the bottom of the tank. That being said, it almost looks like it might actually be doing "better" than when I got it. You be the judge though.
Dr's F&S has this to say about it:
"These unusual Pavona Corals are a rarely seen encrusting type of Pavona. The parent colony of these coral frags was collected in Fiji on the outside of the reef at a depth of about 100 feet and then quarantined and given a health inspection before being propagated. These Pavona Corals prefer a low to moderate light level. Placement under an overhang is recommended if metal halide lighting is used. The Sunburst Pavona will turn a bright orange to red coloration if put low in the tank under 20k metal halide lighting. The Screamin Green Pavona will turn a bright green if put low in the tank under 20k metal halide lighting. Strong intermittent water current within the aquarium is needed. For continued good health, it will also require the addition of a two part calcium and buffer supplement in order to maintain a calcium level of 400-450 ppm
of 8-12. It will benefit from the addition of zooplankton."
All in all, I'm hoping my stonies make it since I'm now realizing that what I thought was coralline growth before was just the coralline growing back on the rock. NOW I'm seeing the rampant coralline on anything and everything plastic. I now understand why I read a guide about DIY liverock that recommended to cover the still wet rocks with some kind of inert plastic shavings as well as sand. While I wouldn't do it... it makes more sense now.
Also, any recomendations on 150 watt double ended MH
bulbs, I can't make heads or tails out of Sanjay's info because I'm honestly not sure how to read the data. I heard someone recommend the 14,000K Pheonix 150watts as having some of the highest PAR values for a 150 HQI double end bulb, but just curious if anyone can give me any input on this as I just got my PFD money so I've gotta little extra to spend.
Thanks for the input guys!
<edit> Forgot to add in a pic of my accidental frag. When I ordered the orange monti from Dr's F&S I was actually really disappointed in it's packaging. Unlike ever other coral I'd ordered from them, it didn't come banded to a block of foam and floating in the water. Instead it was just placed loose in the bag of water. Well, one of the fingers had broken off and was loose in the bag. Not being one to just waste a free "frag" I dripped it with the rest of the corals and placed it in a safe spot till i could get some super glue. Unfortunately, I forgot about it for a few days. When I did remember I actually had to hunt around the LR
looking for it cause the current and the crabs had moved it. So I got some gel super glue (hate this stuff), broke off a piece of the dry rock I still had laying around, glued it up, and had myself a nice looking frag... that I was sure would most likely be dead any day now. Well, that was 3 weeks ago, and as of right now, its looking like this.