COTM - October 2010 - Montipora Digitata

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  1. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Scientific Name: Montipora digitata
    Origin: Pacific ocean
    Lighting: moderate to high - see personal observation below
    Flow: moderate to high - prefers less flow IME than Acro species, Milli etc
    Growth: - under well maintained parameters -grows reasonably quickly
    Water Params: - requires calcium, magnesium and alkalinity within normal reef tolerances
    Personal Observations: these 2 pieces faired very well in lower 3rd of tank lit by 6 x 80 watt T5 lamps - in fact any attempts to place them higher resulted in polyp retraction , which in one case (green one) stayed like that until it was moved back down to lower 3rd
    other observation, whilst getting used to maintaining a regular supplementing regime, I noticed the tips on the blue one becoming very white and having a slight dusty appearance, research indicated this was Alk burn, probably from it being in the flow path of where my Alk additions where being made - once my procedure was corrected to erradicate this, within 2 weeks the white areas disappeared and the polyps returned to opening in those areas


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  3. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Great info, the personal observations will observations will be a great help.
     
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  4. yamaharider73

    yamaharider73 Kole Tang

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    Great write up Steve....Thanks!
     
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  5. the fisherman

    the fisherman Vlamingii Tang

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    Thanks for sharing Steve
     
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  6. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice write up ;D Good call on the alk burns.
     
  7. Nismo400rgtr

    Nismo400rgtr Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    Very good! Love that baby blue!
     
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  9. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Nice write up Steve - interesting observation on 'alk burn' - I've seen this on my digi and I thought it might be from the tops being exposed during water changes. I'll have to think about that now a bit.

    matt
     
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  10. tatted4ever

    tatted4ever Clown Trigger

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    probably one of my favorite sps... for multiple reasons

    looks cool
    inexpensive
    grows quick
    comes in a nice variety of colors
     
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  11. crank2211

    crank2211 Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Definitely a cool SPS.

    Mine has been growing very quickly, probably the fastest branching SPS I own. It also has a pretty unique growth pattern.

    Here's some shots of mine:

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  12. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Very, very nice crank. Mine 'oozes' like that too. However mine are tan colored, not neon like yours. I'll trade you. :)