Is it really Acropora abrotanoides?

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  1. Va Reef

    Va Reef Giant Squid

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    Got this browned out acropora for $40. It looked like an abro(tanoides) so of course I had to jump on that, despite being brown. What do you guys think? a. abrotanoides? a. robusta? some other acropora?
     

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  3. Corailline

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    Acropora robusta is my guess.

    Good price, congrats.
     
  4. FaceOfDeceit

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    Could be and abro, but I'll tell you this...once it loses it's red/green color, it doesn't come back.
     
  5. Va Reef

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    Thanks, my understanding is a. robusta is MUCH easier to keep than a. abrotanoides
    I've seen a couple people talk about buying browned out abro's, on average taking 3-6 months to get color back. You have an abro in your tank right? do you have pictures?
     
  6. FaceOfDeceit

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    Nah, I've lost both that I have had...one to an Alk dosing malfunction (controller), and one slowly to a bactierial infection (guessing, as it was the only acro affected). I've read some people that were able to color back up, but none of those had before/after pics.
     
  7. Va Reef

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    Very true, no documented evidence. How long did you have them for? no pics of them at all?

    I see some green on the tips of the coralites and the growth tips are a shade lighter red/pink than the rest of the browned out body. Who knows.
     
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  9. FaceOfDeceit

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    Only one I can find right now...horrible phone pic.

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    Still a nice abro. I'm thinking mine is an abro and not a robusta because of the lack of an encrusting base, but we shall see.

    Do you know of anyone else that has one on the site?
     
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    I don't know of anyone else. It is a very hard species to keep. Very few last a year.