Discussion in 'SPS Corals' started by Night-Rida, Jan 20, 2010.
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i think pavona is easiest.you can grow it in a soft coral tank
I have a frag of a acropora valida that is one of the hardiest SPS in my tanks although it will definitely depend on the source of your frag. My montipora capricornis as well. I also have a couple acropora millepora frags that are extremely hardy. There are lots of corals that will be really hardy I think just because of their genetics. Like someone said if they've been well aquacultured they will tend to be more hardy.
But I would stick with the ones mentioned if you don't have a trusted source for giving you hardy frags. There are a huge variety of these corals too so I'm sure you can find something that is attractive to you within all those genera.
Also +1 to sticking with cheap frags at first, don't get tons of them though IMO because eventually they will take up a lot of space and you may find yourself looking for more exciting/expensive corals but be stuck with all your cheap ones. Hardy usually means fast growing and these corals can definitely grow like crazy when they're settled into a well-maintained tank.
thanks everyone for the info!
montipora are easier. Some acro are easy too; what you want to get are frags of corals you like, one at a time and set them on a frag rack to observe. Do a lot of testing and adjust as you need too. Good luck, and if you choose to do sps it is easier if you set your tank up with a lot of water movement(30xplus) a lot of light and a lot of protein skimming, and a refugium helps.
plus anything above 5ppm nitrates will make sps corals loose color
me personally i have had the worst luck w/ montis so I would go with green slimers they are really easy, blue torts, birdsnest also are really easy too
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