Coral rich and space poor

BestMomEver

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
May 8, 2018
Messages
2,966
Reaction score
5,612
Location
Lower Alabama
I have so many SPS frags/ colonies in my tank it’s absurd. So many in fact that when they grow bigger they’re gonna be all over each other. I even have frags glued to the back wall and on frag racks. Short of buying a bigger tank or buying another tank, do you guys have any suggestions? If I had a bare bottom, I would glue some there, but I keep sand. So ideas please?
 
Cultivated Reef

Mikedawg

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Nov 27, 2016
Messages
1,396
Reaction score
2,005
Location
Atlanta
Understand your "pain." I will probably have to evict some corals soon as well. To combat/mitigate chemical warfare, I try to be very careful in their placement, study flow patterns to keep torches, etc. blowing away from other corals, and use a good quality carbon to remove toxins. And, I have found that sometimes the books are wrong; some corals identified as aggressive don't bother other corals within striking distance, and I've found some combinations that aren't supposed to work but do. Still, hard to predict behavior.
Might find this interesting: https://www.petcoach.co/article/mechanisms-of-coral-aggression-and-how-to-control-it/

Good luck.
 

Dr. Dendrostein

Marine fish monthly
View Badges
Joined
Nov 8, 2017
Messages
5,663
Reaction score
9,901
Location
Fullerton, California
I have so many SPS frags/ colonies in my tank it’s absurd. So many in fact that when they grow bigger they’re gonna be all over each other. I even have frags glued to the back wall and on frag racks. Short of buying a bigger tank or buying another tank, do you guys have any suggestions? If I had a bare bottom, I would glue some there, but I keep sand. So ideas please?
Yea, stop buying frags, give us a chance to buy first.:)
 
OP
BestMomEver

BestMomEver

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
May 8, 2018
Messages
2,966
Reaction score
5,612
Location
Lower Alabama
Yea, stop buying frags, give us a chance to buy first.:)
It’s an obsession really. I recently upgraded to a larger tank. I remember thinking how much more room my frags will have to spread out a bit. Nope! I just bought more. Recently I ordered some stylo frags and had to study the tank for days before I got them just to figure out where to place them. You are right about aggression being misunderstood sometimes. One thing I have found is that any coral from the family Pocilloporidae will sting anything, even each other. Stylos, pocillopora, and seriatopora are really in need of more space. All my LPS and softies are glued to rock either low down or placed on the sand bed. But I do have a duncan that is quickly getting huge. That might be a problem. Good thing it’s the only long tentacle thing I have attached to a rock! I can send you stuff if you want!
Understand your "pain." I will probably have to evict some corals soon as well. To combat/mitigate chemical warfare, I try to be very careful in their placement, study flow patterns to keep torches, etc. blowing away from other corals, and use a good quality carbon to remove toxins. And, I have found that sometimes the books are wrong; some corals identified as aggressive don't bother other corals within striking distance, and I've found some combinations that aren't supposed to work but do. Still, hard to predict behavior.
Might find this interesting: https://www.petcoach.co/article/mechanisms-of-coral-aggression-and-how-to-control-it/

Good luck.
I really don’t want to evict anything right now. I guess there are some things I can part with... corals that never colored up like I wanted. But, still I like them. Truth be told, I could have a tank dominated with stylos. They are way cool. I also like monti caps. And euphyllia. LOL. I guess I like lots of them.

Oh... what to do?
 

MissyTwitch

Member
View Badges
Joined
Jun 17, 2018
Messages
60
Reaction score
178
trim your corals back if you can. I have to do it. Sometimes I make frags of my larger colonies, if it becomes to big I donate it to someone or move it to a bigger tank and replace it with its smaller clone.
 
Cultivated Reef

Xanthurum

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jun 11, 2017
Messages
301
Reaction score
525
Location
The Zona
I am willing to help! I recently had to restart my tank and have very few corals and you have too many so...
 

Xanthurum

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Jun 11, 2017
Messages
301
Reaction score
525
Location
The Zona
I am willing to help! I recently had to restart so I have very few corals and you have too many so...
 
OP
BestMomEver

BestMomEver

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
May 8, 2018
Messages
2,966
Reaction score
5,612
Location
Lower Alabama
Duncan... abt 40 heads. Bought it last year and it had 4 heads.

88CFDD82-F82D-4C4B-B9A8-937D4E16904F.jpeg


Bad shot of a large stylo colony.

9D7AF99C-CE25-46BD-83BC-E1B6A4DB732D.jpeg


And you can see a purple and green Acro sandwiched between it and another olive green stylo. Geez...
I am willing to help! I recently had to restart my tank and have very few corals and you have too many so...
pm me and give me your address. I’ll work on sending them.
 

jda

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Jun 25, 2013
Messages
5,888
Reaction score
6,797
Location
Boulder, CO
Step 1: get rid of anything other than SPS
Step 2: get rid of all Montis, Birdsnest, Stylophora and Pocillipora
Step 3: get rid of any acropora that are common and you can get back in an instant
Step 4: since now you only have nicer acropora, trim them and sell frags
 
Corals.com
OP
BestMomEver

BestMomEver

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
May 8, 2018
Messages
2,966
Reaction score
5,612
Location
Lower Alabama
Step 1: get rid of anything other than SPS
Step 2: get rid of all Montis, Birdsnest, Stylophora and Pocillipora
Step 3: get rid of any acropora that are common and you can get back in an instant
Step 4: since now you only have nicer acropora, trim them and sell frags
But.... I love pocilloporadae family corals! And, all I have really is common stuff. If I did all that, I’d have nothing left. ;)
 

jda

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Jun 25, 2013
Messages
5,888
Reaction score
6,797
Location
Boulder, CO
This is a long-term progression that most people follow if they love sticks. We all loved Pocis and Stylos once... and now many people will not allow them in their tanks. Just wait until they spawn and you will be cussing them out. :)
 
OP
BestMomEver

BestMomEver

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
May 8, 2018
Messages
2,966
Reaction score
5,612
Location
Lower Alabama
This is a long-term progression that most people follow if they love sticks. We all loved Pocis and Stylos once... and now many people will not allow them in their tanks. Just wait until they spawn and you will be cussing them out. :)
I know... I’ve heard..... I’m not sure how I’ll feel about them then.
 

chicago

Well-Known Member
View Badges
Joined
Apr 28, 2014
Messages
968
Reaction score
297
Location
chicago
cut and share has solved my problem with space for 15 plus years.. Of course you could buy another tank... LOL
 

Jon Fishman

Cleveland Ohio, buy/sell local!
View Badges
Joined
Feb 18, 2019
Messages
1,857
Reaction score
2,174
Short of buying a bigger tank or buying another tank, do you guys have any suggestions?
It's a great time of the year temperature-wise to send some up to Cleveland.........
 

ReefDemon

Member
View Badges
Joined
Apr 30, 2019
Messages
13
Reaction score
7
Location
London
This is a long-term progression that most people follow if they love sticks. We all loved Pocis and Stylos once... and now many people will not allow them in their tanks. Just wait until they spawn and you will be cussing them out. :)
I know Pocillopora can become a bit of a pest when it start to spawn and pop up everywhere, but I didn’t know this could be the case for Stylophoras. Is it as common with Stylos and does it happen with Seriatoporas?
 

aquaman99

Live Sale Addict
View Badges
Joined
Aug 15, 2018
Messages
1,066
Reaction score
836
I vote you post all the corals you have and we do a fun raffle/auction/givaway/sale of some frags. This way you get to keep everything but you also get to trim everything back and we all get to share in your tank’s glory by helping it live on in our own tanks while you make some funds for a bigger tank.
 

Tyler Bullock

Active Member
View Badges
Joined
Mar 28, 2018
Messages
211
Reaction score
154
lol If you want to get rid of some, I'll take some sps off your hand!!
 

Oshengems

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Feb 14, 2017
Messages
1,109
Reaction score
1,066
Location
Bronx, NY
Step 1: get rid of anything other than SPS
Step 2: get rid of all Montis, Birdsnest, Stylophora and Pocillipora
Step 3: get rid of any acropora that are common and you can get back in an instant
Step 4: since now you only have nicer acropora, trim them and sell frags
Step 2 is golden! Lord Jesus these things grow so fast compared to acros
 
Cultivated Reef

Any special reefing plans for this week?

  • Yes

    Votes: 123 46.4%
  • No

    Votes: 114 43.0%
  • Maybe

    Votes: 28 10.6%

Online statistics

Members online
1,447
Guests online
3,357
Total visitors
4,804
Reef-A-Palooza Chicago 2019
UniqueCorals.com shop rare & farmed corls
Top