Are Acan Lords the Ultimate Coral?

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Over the years Ive seen a lot of beautiful corals from all over the world. In the past 2 years, finally being an active participant in this hobby, Ive seen thousands and thousands of corals, and usually the best that type of coral has to offer.

Never before have I seen a coral that are consistently as breathtaking as Acan Lords.

So here is my tribute to my favorite corals in the ocean. Hes are a few of my favorites, all from my personal collection....and yes the blue ones with neon red coming through...they are blue, and no its not a photoshop trick. These were taken under actinics only, as it was 2am and didnt feel like firing up the halides.

For the LOVE OF GOD...I wish these things would shut their mouth, and stop being such pigs...ive found it nearly impossible to get them to retract there feeders.....



















 
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That is a very nice collection. And to think years ago we used to get acans all the time, and never saw them for what the really were.
 
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I thing they are really something special. I cant think of another coral that is as hardy, easy to care for, colorful, and fast growing all at the same time.

I'm truly impressed that i can keep acan lords in a 8 gallon nano w/ PC lighting, and have just as much polyp extension and growth rate as I do in my main system.

Its always nice to find a coral that can be kept by nearly anyone successfully, and not limit itself to those who can have the expensive high end setups. How often is it something as cool as an acan? Usually the easy to keep are the bla corals like zenia, kenya trees etc...
 

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They are my favorite coral as well. It is cool to me how very different each piece can be. Besides color, the polyp size, puffiness, the degree at which they turn "inside out" to feed etc. They are a wonderful coral.

Great pics junior and nice collection. Would love to see the pieces under daytime lights.
 
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Lol, I would love to get pics durring the say too...chasing around my almost 3 year old, and a new baby its getting tough.

Im going to try and get some today.

They are my favorite coral as well. It is cool to me how very different each piece can be. Besides color, the polyp size, puffiness, the degree at which they turn "inside out" to feed etc. They are a wonderful coral.

Great pics junior and nice collection. Would love to see the pieces under daytime lights.
 

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Quick question on the acan front. When they grow, do they produce their own skeleton like other LPS or do they spread onto surfaces like zoas/palys? The reason I ask is I have one that has a bunch of babies around the ring of my original frag. I just want to make sure that I don't need to provide space for it to grow onto.
 
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No, you will need to give them a rock to grow over, as they develop they then form a skeleton beneath them (from what i can tell).

If you dont give them a rock to grow onto though, i can PROMISE they will look like an acan golf ball...ive got a few :mad:


Quick question on the acan front. When they grow, do they produce their own skeleton like other LPS or do they spread onto surfaces like zoas/palys? The reason I ask is I have one that has a bunch of babies around the ring of my original frag. I just want to make sure that I don't need to provide space for it to grow onto.
 

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No, you will need to give them a rock to grow over, as they develop they then form a skeleton beneath them (from what i can tell).

If you dont give them a rock to grow onto though, i can PROMISE they will look like an acan golf ball...ive got a few :mad:

Good to know. Guess I need to get some large discs or something to put them on....I don't want them permanently fixed to my rock work! :)
 

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What lights are you using bro?
 
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My current lighting is 2 250watt HQI XM20k's w/ 2 48" super actinics for supplement. The XM20k's are SLIGHTLY more blue than a Phoenix 14k. wasn't was hoping for a more blue bulb, but am still very happy with how everything looks. As you can see they are VERY crisp white light overall in the tank, with a blue tinge. The fun really starts when the halides go off.

What lights are you using bro?
 

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