Is this a montipora frag?

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It was a freebie in my order but not identified. Looking at their website it may be sunset montipora. If so, I don’t think it’ll do well in my tank as I only have stock LEDs on my Coralife biocube 32.

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Looks like a monti,
What color polyps does it have?
It hasn’t opened yet, but I can update when it does. I’ve never had an SPS before and given the low light of my tank, should I trade it somewhere? Or wait and see how it does?
 

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A sunset doesn’t need very much light . Medium will be fine. Sunset montipora is beautiful to . Make certain you got some blue in your lights .
 
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A sunset doesn’t need very much light . Medium will be fine. Sunset montipora is beautiful to . Make certain you got some blue in your lights .
Definitely have blue in them, but I suspect they could more as low than medium. Sounds like it's worth a try though, and I'll put that guy at the top, once it's acclimated.
 
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Here are the specs, though I've heard others test the light and get much higher PAR values.

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Well I don’t know how much your into it , but a weak light can always be supplemented with a single t5 light with a blue plus bulb like this . I got a few and I’m happy with them.

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Now that full daylight are on, looks to be a mystic sunset monti.

Here's mine, with blue/purple polyps:
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And here's an example from their site.
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Very nice. I’d put it much higher up on your rock work though. I’m sure the lighting it came from was much higher par than the sandbed with stock cube leds, therefor you don’t need to light acclimate it.
 
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If I want to try raising this guy, how long should I be running my lights? I've had them on only for about 8 hours, when I didn't have any coral. When I added my open brain, I expanded all the lighting by 1 hour longer (ramp up in the morning for an hour, then full lights for most of the time, then sunset for 30 min followed by 1.5 hours of slow ramp down moonlight.
 
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Very nice. I’d put it much higher up on your rock work though. I’m sure the lighting it came from was much higher par than the sandbed with stock cube leds, therefor you don’t need to light acclimate it.
Good point. I'll move it up! I also added a duncan, some zoas, and a favia. How long should I acclimate them on the bottom? Given my relatively weak lights, I'm thinking I don't have to wait that long to move them, though I hadn't planned on moving them higher up than half way.
 

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If I want to try raising this guy, how long should I be running my lights? I've had them on only for about 8 hours, when I didn't have any coral. When I added my open brain, I expanded all the lighting by 1 hour longer (ramp up in the morning for an hour, then full lights for most of the time, then sunset for 30 min followed by 1.5 hours of slow ramp down moonlight.
That sounds perfect !
 

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Good point. I'll move it up! I also added a duncan, some zoas, and a favia. How long should I acclimate them on the bottom? Given my relatively weak lights, I'm thinking I don't have to wait that long to move them, though I hadn't planned on moving them higher up than half way.
I’d move them up quick, no need to acclimate. I didn’t have much luck with the stock leds when I had my biocube, I upgraded after a month to better lights. I would have the favia and Duncan at least half way up if not higher, monti even higher. If you upgrade your lights you can move them all back down.
 

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