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Old 06/30/2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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deep water acro???

i'm seeing more sellers of "deep water acropora". to me: it is just a shallow water acro that settled lower on the reef and adapted its growth to its new envirorment and not a different species. (correct me if i'm wrong) if this is the case i would assume it is largely heterotrophic compared to its swallow water cousins, making it more difficult to keep in a closed reef system. i was thinking of buying one from DD but need more info on its survival rate..has anyone had these corals for more that a year with success?


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Old 07/13/2012, 07:57 PM   #2
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i was looking at DD today and noticed they do not call these corals "deep water" anymore...my guess is that "deep water" means nothing, and these corals are no different than any other acro??


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Old 07/13/2012, 09:00 PM   #3
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i was looking at DD today and noticed they do not call these corals "deep water" anymore...my guess is that "deep water" means nothing, and these corals are no different than any other acro??
correct....well they are kinda different in that we just classify and smooth skin acropora with sparse polyps as "deepwater". But there are tons of species of both regular and "deepwater". In the end though deepwater doesnt really mean much other than they way we as hobbyists have bunched together some species with similar traits.


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Old 07/13/2012, 10:58 PM   #4
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I was thinking the same. Next we will start seeing "shallow water" Acropora or "Full Sun" acropora, who knows.

I HATE the new names of corals now.


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Old 07/13/2012, 11:10 PM   #5
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They just call it deepwater, so you'll reach deep into your pocket to buy it.


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Old 07/13/2012, 11:29 PM   #6
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They just call it deepwater, so you'll reach deep into your pocket to buy it.


Good one!!!!


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Old 07/15/2012, 01:01 AM   #7
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I guess I could put the time in to do the research- but my lazy personality can't refrain from asking the experts here... so there is ABSOLUTELY no difference in what the lighting requirements, or any other requirements that an actual acropora found in deeper water would have, than say, an acropora from a shallow surf zone? Or... are there such things, but not enough to be concerned in the hobby??


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Old 07/15/2012, 01:20 AM   #8
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actually deep water acros are are from deeper in the waters with less light penitration dont know how deep it is that classifys it that way. Alot of coral farms in bali are having success with putting deep acros in full light with shallow acros. they are slower growers then most acros as well
here are a few
elgans
cardus
carolinia
sushsorni
walindi
I am keeping these lower in my tank as the demands are not as great for light compared to
tenius
yougi
horrida
sublata
and the like

you can try to move them higher in the tank colors might change and look nicer rather then (wild brown) if they bleach you know they had to much light


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Old 07/15/2012, 09:31 AM   #9
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The term deep water acros are invented to refer to a group of smooth skin Acropora sp. In terms of caring and ability of handling light, the term is meaningless as it does not imply these acros are naturally found in deeper water with less light. Acropora lokani and Acropora granulosa, for example, are 2 common "deep water acors" which are naturally found in shallow reef. The group, obviously, also include acros found in deeper water as well.

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so there is ABSOLUTELY no difference in what the lighting requirements, or any other requirements that an actual acropora found in deeper water would have, than say, an acropora from a shallow surf zone? Or... are there such things, but not enough to be concerned in the hobby??
Right. Deep water acros really just mean smooth skin. They can be found both deep or shallow reef. In terms of lighting and flow, it's not enough to make a general statement one way or other.


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Old 07/17/2012, 10:46 PM   #10
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deepwaters can be difficult especially since they are ususally available as colonies which have a lower success rate of acclimating to aquarium existence.


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Old 07/18/2012, 10:42 PM   #11
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yeah they are tough to keep but when they shine they shine love them..smooth skinned acro..


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