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reeformadness
02/01/2007, 07:36 PM
I am about ready to buy my first SPS corals. I have good light, high flow, and I'm about to have DO/RI water. I already know I want Montipora digitata and Porites cylindrica, but I am thinking of starting with three aquacultured frags. What would be a good beginner's SPS out of these:

Pocillopora damicornis (aquacultured)
Pocillopora verrucosa (AC)
Seriatopora stellata (AC)
Stylophora pistillata (AC)

reeformadness
02/01/2007, 08:30 PM
Anyone? Are none of these good for beginners? Are all of them?

demeyer2
02/01/2007, 09:01 PM
Pocillopora
Seriatopora stellata
Personally I haven't had any trouble with these but I don't have experience with stylos. Also digitatas are fairly easily to keep.

drummereef
02/01/2007, 09:03 PM
Montipora Capricornis are about the easiest sps you can start with. Digitata would be up there with it.

McCrary
02/01/2007, 09:14 PM
Orange digitata are really easy, grow well and don't need perfectly stable conditions. Elkhorn is another good starter SPS, it also grows very very quickly. Dark Pocilloporas are also really good starters, stay away from the lighter ones as they have a tendency to brown out if your not careful with the lighting.

reeformadness
02/01/2007, 09:53 PM
Thanks everybody for your input.

supervdl
02/01/2007, 10:16 PM
Digitata and orange plate are really fast growers.