= small polyp stony coral
= long polyp stony coral
Then there are soft corals.
There's no stupidity about it, the abbreviations can be confusing. I guarantee you are not the only person that has ever mixed up LPS
Torch, frogspawn, hammer are all LPS
corals, euphyllia spp. Bubble is also LPS
. Other examples would be acanthastrea (Google that one, I'm pretty sure you'll love it), caulastrea (your candy cane), blastomussa. Brain corals are also LPS
- some off the top of my head for your Googling pleasure are trachyphyllia, wellsophyllia, lobophyllia. There are plenty of other LPS
too, these are just some examples.
also have a hard skeleton, but unlike the LPS
corals, they do not have the big fleshy polyps. Some examples off the top of my head here are acropora, montipora, seriatopora, pocillopora. There are tons of others, of course.
Seriatopora (birdsnest) might actually be a possibility for you once you get that upgrade. I had an ORA green birdsnest that did quite well under PCs in one of my nanos. I've also kept psammocora and acropora millipora under T5 HOs. Just set them high in the tank.
The softies don't have a hard skeleton at all. Think xenia, zoanthids/palythoas/protopalythoas, mushrooms, kenya tree, etc.