Acan ID and questions

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Good afternoon, I would like any help on an ID on this Acan I just picked up. I was wondering if it is safe to put other acans on the same rock or what else would be safe around it. I also have a toadstool about 10” away, could that be a problem? I have a 13.5 gallon fluval. Thanks much everyone.
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All Acan Lord's (now classified as Micro's) are safe to touch one another. What you don't want to do is put Echinata's near them. They are aggresive and hsve long sweepers that will more than likely destroy Acan Lords.

And by the polyp shape,that looks like a Favia to me.
 
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You may be right, I am new to saltwater and it is still hard for me to tell. What is the main difference appearance wise? They were sold as acan.
 

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Do a quick google search for Favia and then Acan Lord and you can easily spot the differences.

That way next time you know what to look out for and dob't get dooped.
 
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Do a quick google search for Favia and then Acan Lord and you can easily spot the differences.

That way next time you know what to look out for and dob't get dooped.
That might work for you but to me there are some that contradict. I know that I can google search and have. Thanks much.
 
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Acan's are fluffy,individual polyps where as favia are not as fluffy,heads grow together and start to become flat when growing on a flat service or even rock.

Acan's also almost always have their tentacles out,where Favia won't. But have extremely long sweepers that pack a huge punch.
 
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Acan's are fluffy,individual polyps where as favia are not as fluffy,heads grow together and start to become flat when growing on a flat service or even rock.

Acan's also almost always have their tentacles out,where Favia won't. But have extremely long sweepers that pack a huge punch.
Sorry, it’s just a little confusing for someone just starting. On another forum I have gotten two responses and they both say Acan... it isn’t flat but isn’t super puffy, seems like the polyps have defined ridges inbetween them.
 

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Hmmm,interesting. I have been keeping acan's for a VERRRRY LONG TIME and have never seen a acan like that. Hence why I am leaning 110% with favia.

I attached a pic of one of my current acan frags,you can tell a huge difference. I also attached 2 pics from a search and you can see the difference in polyp structure and how they are able to grow flat.
 

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I will take your word on it. So you think favia? I just want to make sure I don’t put anything on the same rock as it.
 
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Thank you, I’m going to be safe and assume it is. Is anything safe around favia or should I put it on sand bed along or an island alone?
 
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Id actually compare OPs coral to micromussa diminuta, which is commonly imported labeled as a favia.I
Id actually compare OPs coral to micromussa diminuta, which is commonly imported labeled as a favia.
I can’t find much information on diminutive, should I treat it as any other micro Issa or is there anything different or special I should be aware of?
 
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I can’t find much information on diminutive, should I treat it as any other micro Issa or is there anything different or special I should be aware of?

If it does happen to be M. diminuta it really isnt much different care wise
The reason there isn't much info on its captive care requirements is because, like I mentioned it gets imported and sold as a favia, same thing happens with many species of goniastrea, astrea, phymastrea, plesiastrea. if If you show the majority of these corals to a hobbisty, they will call it a favia.

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