How do YOU stack up when it comes to growing coral? Let's compare!

How fast does coral grow in your tank?

  • VERY Fast

    Votes: 12 2.6%
  • Pretty Fast

    Votes: 56 12.1%
  • Medium Rate

    Votes: 190 41.1%
  • Pretty Slow

    Votes: 132 28.6%
  • VERY Slow

    Votes: 48 10.4%
  • Not at all :(

    Votes: 24 5.2%

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DISCLAIMER: This will not be scientific in any way but will rely on honest answers!

Yesterday I was thinking about coral growth and how one reefer might grow a certain type of coral faster than another. Nothing to be ashamed of as some people just have a "blue thumb" if you will. Additionally some people have all the right pieces of equipment in place or have been keeping reef tanks a lot longer. But just for the fun of it, let's compare notes!

How fast or slow do these corals grow for you in a 6 month average?

Acropora:
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Montipora: (inches)

Zoanthids: (polyps)

Mushrooms: (polyps)

Euphyllia: (heads)

Leathers: (inches)

*Remember this is a 6 month average


This was 6 months growth on a tank I had in 2008!
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Please follow this template! :)

How fast or slow do these corals grow for you in a 6 month average?

Acropora:
(inches)

Montipora: (inches)

Zoanthids: (polyps)

Mushrooms: (polyps)

Euphyllia: (heads)

Leathers: (inches)

*Remember this is a 6 month average
 

Matt1997

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Acropora 1” a month
Montipora 4” a month
Zoanthids a lot a month (exponential once high # achieved)
Mushrooms slowed recently since changing Params, usually 2 a month at least
euphyllia 1-2 heads a month on Indo branching
Leathers 3” a month
 

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Does anyone think water volume helps growth assuming both tanks are stable? I went from a 75 to a 200 gallon system same parameters and way better growth. Also, I think tank maturity has a lot to do with growth.
 

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DISCLAIMER: This will not be scientific in any way but will rely on honest answers!

Yesterday I was thinking about coral growth and how one reefer might grow a certain type of coral faster than another. Nothing to be ashamed of as some people just have a "blue thumb" if you will. Additionally some people have all the right pieces of equipment in place or have been keeping reef tanks a lot longer. But just for the fun of it, let's compare notes!

How fast or slow do these corals grow for you in a 6 month average?

Acropora:
(inches)

Montipora: (inches)

Zoanthids: (polyps)

Mushrooms: (polyps)

Euphyllia: (heads)

Leathers: (inches)

*Remember this is a 6 month average


This was 6 months growth on a tank I had in 2008!
growthjanfeb08.jpg

growthjanJUL08.jpg
Sweet growth! Congrats
 

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I have mostly softies.
leather corals pretty fast
cespitularia is growing the fastest Its producing new shoots as in spreading.
lps, no new heads but larger single poylp heads as they are frags
 

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Euphyllia and Zoas/Palys seems to grow pretty quick. Mushrooms, monti, chalice seems to be pretty slow

Water chemistry looks good. PAR also looks good...

Feeding Coral Aminos and Brightwell Replenish
 

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I picked slow as compared to other I see. My acro’s 1/4”-1/2” per month. Could I get them to grow faster probably if I had thousands of dollars to spend on top of the line equipment and controllers like the people who get mega growth.
 

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Estimates below.
How fast or slow do these corals grow for you in a 6 month average?

Acropora:
(inches) 1/4 inch

Montipora: (inches) 2 Inches

Zoanthids: (polyps) 50+ polyps

Mushrooms: (polyps) ZERO growth in 2 years

Euphyllia: (heads) ZERO growth in 2 years

Leathers: (inches) around 4 inches
 
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My Euphillia - hammers, torches, and frogspawn - each probably double in number of heads every 6 months. Pretty cool.
My Softies - toadstools, tree corals, xenia, GSP - all grow way way too fast. REGRET IS IMMINENT.
My Zoanthids - no growth at all. Drives me nuts!
My Acros & SPS - Probably <1" every six months. Wish I could get them to grow faster! Encrusting also seems to happen 1.5X faster than upward limb growth.
 

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After established my corals are:
Acropora: 1/8" per month very slow
Leathers : 1+" per month
Birdsnest: 1+" per month
Euphyilla: varies but on my small colonies 1head a month , large colonies 3+ heads per month .
Zoas: seem to grow at varying rates..... some only 2 heads a month and others are doubling in colony size every month or 2....
Monti plates: too fast....always cutting it back and giving away.
Algea: reasonably fast but the clean up crew is just a good!

Parameters are pretty standard with 8.4 all. 8.3 ph. Salt is 35 , lighting a little weak running only 4 t5s on a 48" 75 gallon. Could be why my acropora is so slow. Also always have a bit of phosphate at 0.15. Aqua clear 110 filter and RO 2000 HOB skimmer, no sump

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Do you have a frag tank, frag rack or some other place for coral frags currently?

  • YES (tell us in the thread)

    Votes: 107 44.4%
  • No

    Votes: 129 53.5%
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    Votes: 5 2.1%

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