Reef Central Online Community

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > Coral Forums > SPS Keepers
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read


User Tag List

Thread Tools
Old 01/17/2019, 09:36 AM   #1
Registered Member
deputydog95's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Sarasota, FL
Posts: 1,011
Are there any SPS that shouldn't be kept together?

Kind of have a weird thing going on...

Here are the non SPS species:

I have a zoa garden on one rock. A giant easter egg chalice (14") and another unidentified chalice that is probably only 4 inches. One medium size head of hammer coral I keep having to trim back it grows so fast. And a moderate size piece of war coral (6). All mostly on the bottom or pretty low.

As far as SPS, it's a mix of Acros, Millis, Monti caps, encrusting Monti's, Stylos and Digiis.

When the tank was fairly new and the Acros were reasonably small... I could grow pretty much all the SPS in the tank with no issues. The Monti caps were almost a nuisance at one point. As the Acros have gotten larger, I can't grow Monti caps at all now.. At one point they all pretty much died off. What remains hasn't gotten bigger or smaller over the past 8 months. They color nicely, but almost no growth. Same for the encrusting Monti.

The Orange Setosa and Millis are the same way. They look good, but nothing for growth. Meanwhile, most of the Acros are doing quite nicely.

I do weekly 10% water changes, skim heavily, change filter pads every other day, etc... The slow growing SPS all have space around them.

Anything jump out immediately as something I'm doing wrong with blending any particular species?

Red Sea Reefer 112g, Apex Classic, 3 Kessil AWE360W, Reef Octopus Regal 150SSS Skimmer, Reef Octopus DC Return Pump, Maxspect Gyre, 2 Ecotech MP10's, Bubble Magus Doser, SeaChem Reef Fusion A&B, ME Mg
deputydog95 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/17/2019, 09:43 PM   #2
Registered Member
Jettareefer's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Plano,TX
Posts: 320
Have you tested your potassium lately? Monti’s tend to really need it for some reason. How long have the tank been established?

Current: 32 gallon bio cube SPS with 250w 20k Radium and Mini Lumenarc

RIP : 58 gallon Oceanic RR Stony reef: Reef Octopus 110, Mp40, Sealife systems sump, 2x250 Radiums fired by a blue wave 7 ball
Jettareefer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01/18/2019, 07:10 AM   #3
Reef Bass
colors and textures
Reef Bass's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Petaluma CA
Posts: 6,123
Monti caps not growing much is definitely a symptom of something off. At one point I had an Idaho Grape that was two feet wide, touching the front and the back of the tank, becoming a flow blocker and a major calcium sponge. It grew to that size from a frag the size of a broken potato chip.

I don't see a problem with the corals you are keeping together.

I suspect a water chemistry issue. You don't mention your parameters. Assuming alk, ca and mag are where they should be, it could be a potassium issue as mentioned above. LPS are more tolerant of higher nitrates and phosphates, so an overabundance of those could be involved.

If you're looking for a thorough testing of your water, you might consider a Triton test.

The human desires for instant gratification and immediate problem resolution cannot be satisfied with this hobby.

Former president and co-president of the Wine Country Reefers.

Current Tank Info: 60 gallons of Scleractinia and Zoanthidae lit w/ T5s
Reef Bass is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:01 PM.

TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2019 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2014
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.