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Old 01-01-2007, 04:22 PM   #1
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What exactly is SPS and LPS corals and what's the difference

Is it safe to say SPS are the soft, and LPS are the hard? I've been doin a little reading and they are either refered to as hard or soft. Can someone break this down to me?

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SPS=Small Polyped Stoney--Hard corals that have small polyps on a hard skeleton and they usually come in branch or plate type species.

LPS=Large Polyps Stoney--Also with hard skeletons but usually have larger fleshier polyps. LPS tend to grow faster and larger for the most part.

Both are hard corals.

This is as basic as it can get for a definition, if you would like more information, ask away.

Soft corals do not have a hard skeleton, therefore not usually requiring as much calcium to grow. Ex are leather, finger, tree, are soft corals. Some also classify zoos/polyps/ricordia-schrooms into the soft category or they may be in a category of their own but are soft corals.


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Old 01-01-2007, 06:55 PM   #3
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If you want to see some LPS and soft corals then look at my gallery. You can also check out my tank pics on this link. My sig tells what I have

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