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A local near me has a colony of Infidel, it’s nice but no where near as bright and nice as Acrolandia. The price reflects their comparison.
Thank you! I had a feeling it wasn't, but some of those pictures sure are tempting.
 
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Any pics? The one from pr looks a lot like acrolandia, and for that price...
Infidel the polyps aren’t as orange. I’d take acrolandia over infidel any day.
 

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How's your ARC Ultra Milli coming? What's the trick to pulling the greens? Mine is growing nicely, but just solid pink for now.
Lol I'm pretty sure I say that to almost every pic bubba posts, "Man bubba how do you pull that color out of that one?"
 
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How's your ARC Ultra Milli coming? What's the trick to pulling the greens? Mine is growing nicely, but just solid pink for now.
I know people don’t like to hear it but I truly think it’s the LED’s. I have used metal halides, t5’s and led’s but it wasn’t until I switched to LED is when I seen a real change. I use to send videos to Farmerty showing him how my corals were morphing color under the leds. I am a firm believer LED pulls color that other lighting can not.

When the Ultra Milli was under t5 it was solid pink with tiny bit of green deep down. I moved it to my radion tank and that’s when the green came. I know you use T5 and I’m not saying it won’t get the green (I hope it does) but it just didn’t for me.

Here is a post about it and when it started to change.

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This was it under T5,all pink.
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That’s very interesting. I wonder if it could have anything to do with a bit of shading due to less uniform coverage under the Radions? Maybe I’ll try a lower PAR spot. Right now it’s on my rack so super high PAR getting blasted.
 
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That’s very interesting. I wonder if it could have anything to do with a bit of shading due to less uniform coverage under the Radions? Maybe I’ll try a lower PAR spot. Right now it’s on my rack so super high PAR getting blasted.
I’m not sure it’s a shading issue as my new frag is up high and in the middle of the tank and has green polyps throughout the whole frag. Par is 450 in that area.
 

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I’m not sure it’s a shading issue as my new frag is up high and in the middle of the tank and has green polyps throughout the whole frag. Par is 450 in that area.
That’s not what I wanted to hear! ;Woot

I’ve been trying to talk myself out of setting up another frag rack in my sump with an XR15...now I might have to.
 
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That’s not what I wanted to hear! ;Woot

I’ve been trying to talk myself out of setting up another frag rack in my sump with an XR15...now I might have to.
It is worth a try. Will give you the results to see the difference since it’s the same water.
 

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I feel the same as you with LEDs pulling the best color. I still run a mixed reef with halides and the sps grows at least twice as fast in there compared to my tank with led, but the color is not nearly as saturated as my tank with sps growing under LEDs. Halides are also great for keeping the base/trunk of big sps colonies to continue to keep growing flesh and getting fat vs leds seem to not have the dispersion to keep the stuff under that overhang growing. Adding t5 supplementation to the LEDs helped me get this light to spread out and to get more light underneath the big pieces. I’d rather have the pretty colors than sps that I have to trim all the time.
 
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I know people don’t like to hear it but I truly think it’s the LED’s. I have used metal halides, t5’s and led’s but it wasn’t until I switched to LED is when I seen a real change. I use to send videos to Farmerty showing him how my corals were morphing color under the leds. I am a firm believer LED pulls color that other lighting can not.

When the Ultra Milli was under t5 it was solid pink with tiny bit of green deep down. I moved it to my radion tank and that’s when the green came. I know you use T5 and I’m not saying it won’t get the green (I hope it does) but it just didn’t for me.

Here is a post about it and when it started to change.

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This was it under T5,all pink.
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Do you think it could have anything to do with the growth? I know with some pieces you don't really get the full multicolors until it grows out a bit.
 

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Do you think it could have anything to do with the growth? I know with some pieces you don't really get the full multicolors until it grows out a bit.
That's definitely true of most acros, but based on those pics from Bubba (both grown out), it doesn't appear to be the case with this acro. But I'm staying optimistic!
 
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Do you think it could have anything to do with the growth? I know with some pieces you don't really get the full multicolors until it grows out a bit.
Corals for sure show different colors as they get colony size but the ultra milli that I just got back is 1.5” and has the teal polyps that I didn’t have under t5.
 

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I know people don’t like to hear it but I truly think it’s the LED’s. I have used metal halides, t5’s and led’s but it wasn’t until I switched to LED is when I seen a real change. I use to send videos to Farmerty showing him how my corals were morphing color under the leds. I am a firm believer LED pulls color that other lighting can not.

When the Ultra Milli was under t5 it was solid pink with tiny bit of green deep down. I moved it to my radion tank and that’s when the green came. I know you use T5 and I’m not saying it won’t get the green (I hope it does) but it just didn’t for me.

Here is a post about it and when it started to change.

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This was it under T5,all pink.
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Thinking along the lines of the “was it just the growth?” argument, you could try two things:
First, move the colony back to the T5’s and see if the greens go away
Second, frag off a few pieces, putting one frag under t5 and one frag under LED, see if the greens stay or go away in one or both frags.
Interesting observation either way
 
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