Originally Posted by Reefer James
keepers want names and legacy behind their corals for some reason. Go after corals that you enjoy the way they look.
If you see an Acropora Sp. that is red with blue tips and polyps it probably has been named by a dozen stores and several people like Tyree and Jason Fox.
I've met Tyree. He was naming corals from a random shipment from Australia as if they were special. Once you throw a name in front of it it begins to cost more.
But the corals with potential, as SPS
will pretty much change in your tank anyway.
In mine they color up to potential hah.
Red sea color program is great.
Very true, on all accounts. However named pieces with lineage also denotes aquaculture these days, does it not? I'm not talking about chop shops here, but a true Steve Tyree piece that has been spread around, has a much better chance at survival then a similar wild or mari piece IME. I think that plays a big role in why acro folks, such as myself, go after these pieces. Are they pretty? Sure. Do they have a fun name? Sure. But the real question is, will they live...
Buying an acro that has been grown in captivity and propagated for a few years will always increase your chances for success with sensitive species such as acropora. This process makes this species much more forgiving, even ORA touts this when you speak with them, and from my experience, this has been one case of truth in advertising.
All this said, I just started a tank thread as I am brand new to this awesome group. There are pictures of Acros in there, but I didn't put names with them. Do I know the names? Definitely. When the time comes that the tank will need to be fragged, then the names come out. Mainly because I want folks to know what they are getting, and that it stands a good chance of survival. In there, I have wild pieces too, mainly because I like watching them change over time into what they will finally become. Sometimes they turn out great! Sometimes they just turn brown or RTN. But that's the fun part!
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