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Scott's SPS Corals

This page shows most of the Small Polyp Stony corals I have in my tank. All of the corals on the left side, except for two, have grown to the size shown under Normal Output (NO) fluorescent lighting. Half of the NO lights were upgraded to VHOs in January of 2002. The images below show the growth the corals have achieved over the spring and summer of 2002.


March 2002


August 2002


Baby Bluetip

This blue tip acropora is recovering from a fight with a Hydnaphora. Unfortunately I lost about half of this coral. This coral is one of the fastest growing SPS corals I had under Normal Output (NO) lighting. Here is a link to a time lapse movie I made in September of 2001 of this coral growing. This is the hardest of all the corals to get a good picture of. The baby blue tips always come out looking white.


Baby Bluetip

Here you can see the coral has completely recovered from the fight and has grown well during the last six months. You can see how all the corals are crowding each other. I decided to record the growth before I started fragging babies and preventing more fights.


Bali Stag #2

This is the largest SPS coral in the tank. When it was out of the tank, while it was being rearranged, the coral took up 3/4 of a five-gallon bucket bottom. I had left this coral on a GARF plug and it had covered the top of the plug but had not spread any further. It is so large and top heavy that it kept breaking the super glue that I used to mount the plug. I used a 2-oz. bottle of super glue to mount it at its current location. It is mounted close to the rock and should be able to spread out now.


Bali Stag #2

You need to look closely at this coral to see the growth. If you look at the back grounds you can see the difference. The short stubby branch in front of the Flame Angel's nose was nearly into the green star in June so I fragged it to teach a farming class at the local reef club. It is still the biggest coral in the tank.


Bali Stag #1 (Green Slimer)

Fast growing acropora that excretes a slimy substance when touched or out of the water. I had this coral near some creeping xenia, which killed part of the Green Slimer. You can see the multiple tips growing where this coral was fragged.


Bali Stag #1 (Green Slimer)

It is easy to see the growth that this coral has acheived. I was in desperate need to frag the green slimer due to it being crowded on three sides. I made about 15 babies from the some of the larger branches. The babies were placed in the sump (Poor mans grow out system) and have healed nicely.


Purple Bonsai

Once when I was at GARF, Leroy was showing me how to propagate the Bonsai corals. When he was done, there were some small purple chips in the bottom of the bowl the size of coarse ground pepper. We covered the top of a plug with super glue and "dabbed" at the chips until they were all on the plug. This is what I now have a year later.


Purple Bonsai

This is one of the slower growing corals but it still has noticable growth. Since space has become a premium, I made a small frag and traded the mother colony for some bulbs. The pink birds nest will be moving into the vacated spot soon so it isn't hidden by the green slimer.


Acropora

I was at GARF when the mother colony of this coral came in on trade. I patiently waited for it to finish the quarantine period (NOT). Under VHO lighting it is an almost black coral with a green tint to it. I finally was able to bring a frag home and it turned an ugly brown with a green tint. Now after upgrading to VHO it is back to black with green tint. ;o)


Acropora

This is another slow grower. Of all the corals in the tank this is the most difficult to photograph. It always has that washed out look when it is actually a very dark (almost black) coral with a green tint and green polyps.


Mike Paletta Blue Acropora

Very fast growing coral that has very different looks depending on the light it is under. Under a VHO/NO combination of actinic white and blue lights it looks like this. It's looks completely changed after adding VHO lights. Here is an image of this same coral under NO lighting:
Mike Paletta Blue NO lights


Mike Paletta Blue Acropora

This is the most commented on coral in the tank. It constantly changes color as the tanks parameters change. If I changes color when I change bulbs. If I expeirment with Kalkwasser it changes color. A frag in a buddy's tank is a teal color instead of the darker blue that mine is. Calcuim level really seem to make the biggest difference.


Purple tip Acropora

I traded some SPS corals for this mother colony in February of 2002. It has become Monica's favorite coral. I just haven't figured out where to place it in the tank. You can see where it had grown onto the glass in it'd former tank.


Purple tip Acropora

I ended up fragging the coral an placing it up fairly high in the tank. The color is much darker now and I think it might be a lot like the Palletta blue as far as changing colors.


Dark Acropora

Another acropora I got from GARF. See the base? This coral started out as a smaller than normal frag, that completely covered the top of the plug before it started growing up. You can see it is now mounted so it can grow over the rock it is on.


Dark Acropora

This picture shows how the coral has spread out and is covering the rock. This coral has developed some really nice color to it. It isn't a real fast grower and unfortunately it is kind of hidden in the back and is dwarfed by the Palletta blue coral.


Hydnaphora

My first and favorite Hydnaphora. It is mounted in the center and front of the tank. It was about a1/4 inch frag when it was brought home. Now it is about 7 inches long and needs trimming to keep it away from the other corals.


Hydnaphora

This guy looks good but he is really mean!!!! He grows out toward the glass and needs pruned constantly or the cleaning magenet can no move in front of him.


Light Green Hydnaphora

Added in February 2002. Traded with Shawn, a fellow reefer here in Boise. Shawn had saved the mother which had a pea size section on it. This Hydnaphora is a light green encrusting type that really draws your eyes when viewing the tank.


Light Green Hydnaphora

You can see from this picture that the coral has gotten darker. In Shawns tank it has gotten darker also. Mine has started branching out more and I will keep an eye on it to see what happens.


Montipora Capricornis

This guy had a rough month in February. He was in the direct path of the tumbling rocks and he took the brunt of the damage. :o(
However he is springing back. This coral seems to like lower light. The bright white edges are an indication that it is growing well.


Montipora Capricornis

Montipora Capricornus are one of my favorite corals. This one is being bothered by something. You can see the light color on the right side where something was eating on it??? I may have a pest in my tank. I have been looking at night with a flashlight but I haven't seen anything yet.


Stylophora

One of my favorites. My tank gets the morning sun in the summer time. This coral changes to a light pink during the summer months and is a darker purple the rest of the year. I am curious if it stays the same with the VHO lighting.


Stylophora

Has grown some but not a lot. It did get a little lighter color this summer but not what it did last summer. I fragged a couple peices off the back to do some trading in June.


Seriatopora (Pink Bird's Nest)

This is the very first SPS coral in my tank. It loves low light and has thrived. Here is a link that will give you an idea of how much it has grown:
Pink Birds nest growth


Seriatopora (Pink Bird's Nest)

For some reason, I placed this coral behind the green slimer. Maybe I needed the room for something else. Any how, this coral finally decided to attach to a rock and the back of the tank. Now that I have traded the Purple Bonsai I have room to move him over.

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