Easy acropora?

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  1. ThunderGoose

    ThunderGoose Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    I got an acropora crab as a hitchhiker and I'm thinking of getting it an acropora. The tank is a nano (10 gallons) with gorgonians, a few zoas and LPSs so I'm worries the conditions might not be "clean" enough for an acropora.

    Salinity 1.024, temp 78, nitrates usually 1-2, phosphates usually 0.03, pH runs a little low (7.6-7.8), calcium and magnesium are within normal parameters (can't remember the numbers off the top of my head and I'm at work so I can't check the Excel file).

    What do ya'll think? Can I keep one? If so, which ones would you recommend?

    Thanks
     

  2. ihavecrabs

    ihavecrabs Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor Partner Member 2018 Partner Member 2019

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    Hey ThunderGoose,

    Typically acropora crabs tend to like tighter, more dense acropora; however, if you were looking to "Test the water" with an easier acro, I would attempt a Acropora yongei (Green Slimer) as they tend to be very forgiving. I tend to see more acropora crabs in smooth skin acros, but those are a pain without the most stable parameters.

    Acropora valida is a more forgiving acro, but probably not the easiest to color up. I would think an acropora crab would do well in a dense branching acro like these.

    Good luck and keep us posted!
     
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  3. 29bonsaireef

    29bonsaireef Well-Known Member

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    Get a seriatopora guttatus or pocillopora. Both are very easy sps and acro crabs love them
     
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  4. Gareth elliott

    Gareth elliott Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor NJRC Member

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    Second this one. Except ive always read sps crab species are coral species specific? I could be very wrong never had a sps crab to verify, so no first hand knowledge on them what so ever.
    I can say watching seriatopora grow is fascinating, in the 6 weeks since adding a frag it has started numerous new branches and would say it has added about 1.5 centimeters in that time. My valida i added at the same time has encrusted its plug and just started to show pe. The joy of watching the speed of growth for sps vs lps is reason enough to add them :)
     
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  5. Nburg

    Nburg Active Member Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2019

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    One parameter that you didnt mention was alkalinity. Probably the most important parameter for sps. I would start testing several times a week to check your consumption rate and dose 2 part accordingly (if water changes are not enough). Can be tricky in a smaller tank but I had many acros in a small tank.

    I agree with the slimer, ora frogskin aceo, poccilopora or maybe some montipora digitata.
     
  6. BoomCorals

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    Cliffs Acropra is a very hardy acro. I carry this one.

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  7. blebs

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    the easiest ones are the ones you can keep alive!!

    go buy some cheap brownies from the lfs and see if u can keep them alive.
     
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