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Hardcore_Prawn
08/07/2016, 02:10 AM
Hi guys! I'm new to corals and purchased (for less than $10 on a whim, I know it was not the best idea) this very small frag from my LFS. They weren't sure what is exactly. It's baby blue and seems to be dotted with tiny pointed polyps. It seems firm-bodied. I'd like to provide it with specialized care, which of course would be easier if I knew what the heck it was. Any help would be appreciated :)
I hope this photo is ok. This is my first post, apologies if I have misclassified it or placed it in the wrong category.

http://i377.photobucket.com/albums/oo216/Valli_White/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsfv2l84oj.jpeg (http://s377.photobucket.com/user/Valli_White/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsfv2l84oj.jpeg.html)

Hardcore_Prawn
08/07/2016, 03:58 PM
Ok, unless I hear otherwise, I'm going to keep it on the sand and assume it's the world's smallest plate coral frag. *fingers crossed*

bonethg899
08/07/2016, 04:11 PM
Is there a picture to go along with this

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JaySchulz
08/07/2016, 04:13 PM
Is there a picture to go along with this

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It must be that small

Hardcore_Prawn
08/07/2016, 04:33 PM
Sorry! Is the photo not showing? I'll try again...
http://i377.photobucket.com/albums/oo216/Valli_White/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsfv2l84oj.jpeg

C.Eymann
08/08/2016, 12:54 PM
Looks like leptoseris sp. to me. I can't give you an exact species though, not very familiar with the genus, its actually an SPS coral.

Hardcore_Prawn
08/08/2016, 04:04 PM
Wow, I wasn't ready for a SPS but I think you're right! Going to get a calcium test kit right now. It threw out some wicked little tentacles when the lights went out. I've given it a few extra inches of space. Thanks!!!

C.Eymann
08/08/2016, 04:11 PM
Wow, I wasn't ready for a SPS but I think you're right! Going to get a calcium test kit right now. It threw out some wicked little tentacles when the lights went out. I've given it a few extra inches of space. Thanks!!!

Alk stability is far more important with SPS than calcium, go get yourself a Salifert, red sea or Tropic Marin test kit etc etc. For gods sake avoid API.

Its a fairly hardy SPS though, nowhere near as sensitive as the genus Acropora.

TangingOut
08/08/2016, 05:42 PM
It's a lithophylon coral.

aromano
08/08/2016, 05:56 PM
+1 lithophylon

C.Eymann
08/08/2016, 08:13 PM
Guess I might be wrong, they look very close and like I mentioned I am not very familiar with these types of coral, mostly deal with acros and montis,
cool coral none the less. :thumbsup:

Hardcore_Prawn
08/09/2016, 03:54 AM
Thanks, guys! I'll do my best with it. The rest of my corals (softies) are thriving but this one is new to me. I gave it some personal space and a couple mysis shrimp after dark. That tiny frag has like six mouths that opened up once the food was present. Water parameters are great. I hope it does well and I appreciate the info :)

Tweaked
08/11/2016, 10:57 AM
Correct, lithophylon

kurt_n
08/11/2016, 10:05 PM
Ok, unless I hear otherwise, I'm going to keep it on the sand and assume it's the world's smallest plate coral frag. *fingers crossed*

As others have already said, yup... definitely Lithophyllon. It doesn't need to be kept on the sand. If you attach it to rock work, it will encrust the rock. Think of it as an encrusting plate coral.