Is this an acropora valida or lokani?

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  1. justonwo

    justonwo Fire Shrimp

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    I have what a know to be a blue lokani, and it looks a bit dissimilar from this large colony of acropora. I've been told by some folks online that it's a lokani and others that it's a valida. Any ideas?

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  3. Swisswiss

    Swisswiss Caribbean Reef Squid

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    Not sure arent validas more "stocki" I would say valida but im far from being any sort of valid reference for acros
     
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  4. DSC reef

    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    Resembles a bansai to me. Acropora can be difficult to ID
     
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    civiccars2003 Great Blue Whale

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    Treat it as an acro. Exact ID isnt so important.
     
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  6. justonwo

    justonwo Fire Shrimp

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    Yep, I've always treated it as an acro. I'm asking because I'm curious, by the way, not because I intend to use the answer to alter the kind of care.
     
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  7. evolved

    evolved Wrasse Freak

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    Neither of those, for sure.

    It's getting close to loripes, but I'm not totally convinced. Acropora loripes
     
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  9. Va Reef

    Va Reef Giant Squid

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    Doesn't look like a lokani any more that's for sure. How is the flow by it? It's definitely not a valida or secale (bonsai).

    There are a couple species that look very similar to loripes, such as cophodactyla, rosaria, and granulosa.

    I would suspect one of those in relatively low flow.
     
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    justonwo Fire Shrimp

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    It's sitting in pretty high flow and has thrived in that condition. Interesting that it's such a mystery! VA, I have a frag for you if you're still interested.
     
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    Ballgame Millepora

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    That's nice
     
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  12. jorenry0

    jorenry0 Plankton

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    Looks like a Valida to me i have them growing here ..
    It all depends on the flow ...When they have heaps of flow the branches get a lot thinner it may do better with more flow but then again it looks happy there ... we find them when we are diving and they are no more then 3 to 4 meters deep so plenty of wave action and heaps of sunlight well done on keeping the purple nice and rich in time the green polyps will show up more

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