Are my SPS Happy?

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  1. crustytheclown

    crustytheclown Eyelash Blennie

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    How do you know when your new SPS frags are happy. I got some great frags at ReefStock last weekend. I have set them in my tank as high up as i could because i have T5 lighting. They are extending there polyps nicely and they dont seem to be losing any color. I can see that the polyps are blowing in different directions too. So when will i know that i have found that sweet spot for the new frags? I also have the option of putting MH over this tank but was wanting to try to keep sps with T5's. If it were your tank would you just go ahead and throw MH on top? In your opinion, do the colors of sps corals brown out or dull with T5's?
    ALOT of Questions but i have alot of Questions?;D
     
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  3. Seano Hermano

    Seano Hermano Giant Squid

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    T5HO are perfectly capable of keeping SPS. I'm hoping it's at least a 4 bulb? What size tank?

    The coral is extending it's polyps and has not lost color...it sounds happy to me.

    Can we get a picture of the said SPS? What species?
     
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    crustytheclown Eyelash Blennie

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    Its a 4 bulb X 39watt = 160watt. Aqua Medic. I just replaced the bulbs with brand new Giesemanns. I like the color alot. Its A 40gal breeder
     
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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You should be able to keep the SPS on the sand with the lights.
     
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    jonjonwells Great Blue Whale

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    Be careful putting them up at the very top initially. You have good bulbs, it could light shock them. If you see them start to bleach, move them lower.

    No loss of color, good polyp extension. They sound happy to me.
     
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    crustytheclown Eyelash Blennie

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    How often should i feed the sps coral? I have Coral Frenzy to feed them? I just got some pics of them! I will upload them asap!
     
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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I would go once a week with half of the recommended amount at most.
     
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    crustytheclown Eyelash Blennie

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    cool. And also i was keeping my light on a lower period (like 6hours). Should i gradually increase them with time. This might also help me to acclimate them to the lighting?
    What do you think?
     
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    crustytheclown Eyelash Blennie

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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I think that sounds like an excellent idea. If the corals are showing good color and PE then they are showing you they are happy. Sounds like you are on the right track.

    I feed my tank, specifically sps a small amount every three days. I feed Rod's Food and crushed pellets. They seem to like it, no science behind it.