Submitted by melev on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 04:48
Referred to as the Purple Grape Monti, this scrolling coral has become a dominate coral high up in my reef. It's pretty, but since it grows rather fast it actually overtook (and shaded) other SPS corals which killed them. Sometimes you have to choose what you want more. I really like the look of this coral, and avoid fragging it unless I must.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 04:37
When this coral grows out, it will resemble a bright orange-colored mum. It's a popular species of Montipora, best cared for by advanced reefkeepers. It's not as easy to keep alive as other types of Montipora.
Orange with orange polyps, it can add nice contrast to a tank filled with green, tan and brown corals.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 04:35
I'm relatively certain this is Montipora hispida, a type of Montipora that can encrust as well as grow vertical branches. Bright green polyps dot the brown base. It's a beautiful SPS coral.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 04:33
This Montipora is the scrolling variety, and the leading edge where growth occurs is light blue, a nice contrast against the green. Lighter green polyps dot the surface, and feed from the water column. Scroll or plating corals are popular in SPS reefs, but are usally best placed lower in the tank because the shadow they cast will shade any other corals beneath. Without light, those corals would likely suffer or die. "Caps" or "Monti caps" are considered easy beginner corals.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 04:29
The Milka coral is named for the bright purple coloration that matches the Milka chocolate bar wrapper. It's a Stylophora, in the SPS family.
It's beautiful from the side as well as from above.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 04:14
I'm not sure what species of acropora this one is, but I like it.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 04:12
This red acropora is a hardy coral in my reef. I don't know it's real name nor it's nickname. I call it Drew's Acro because I got it from my friend Drew. It grows out in wild ways, seemingly like it might table but never really achieving that goal.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 04:10
The Blue Tort Acropora - Acropora tortuosa - can grow into a beautiful mass creating an appealing profile along the top area of your rockwork. Blue tort are in the staghorn family, and are very popular due to their vivid color. I've had the worst luck keeping this easy coral, earning me the nickname the Tort Slayer. I'd really like to grow a big colony one day. There are different variations of this species. Some are more blue, some have hints of green.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 04:02
Example of a branching acropora in the staghorn family.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 04:01
Example of a milli coral.