Jack-O-Lantern Lepto Coral

Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Discussion' started by MermaidTail, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. MermaidTail

    MermaidTail Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2016
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    Hey all - I have a Jack-O-Lantern Lepto that I've had for about 10 months now, the growth is outstanding- it's spreading like crazy...but the color isn't recognizable at a Jack-O-Lantern. No green eyes, no contrasting colors...it almost just looks like standard red/orange lepto's I've seen. Even when I first got it (it was shipped to me), the green eyes were very faint, nothing like what I've seen online.


    - I have a little 6g Edge reef (tank thread here) that's over a year old and things are growing/coloring great.

    - No other growth/color issues in the tank (a variety of coral types) except this color bummer on my lepto.

    - I follow the whole - "don't dose what you can't test for" thinking, so I don't know my specific readings on levels other than the main vitals.

    Hoping there's an experienced reefer out there who can offer thoughts? Have you seen this before? Great growth but lackluster color? Maybe I was sold a bum lepto that's not actually a Jack?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. tdileo

    tdileo Valuable Member

    Jul 6, 2017
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    New Jersey
    It could be your lighting. Some corals look wayyyy different under actinics/MH/LED.
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  3. BlueCursor

    BlueCursor Active Member R2R Supporter

    Mar 30, 2016
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    I have a jack. If memory serves me, not enough light cause a lack of green eyes. In fact, lower light leads to it spreading more, and higher light causes less spreading but more green eyes.
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  4. Greybeard

    Greybeard Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

    Feb 10, 2017
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    I love Leptoseris, encrusting corals of all sorts, really.

    I'd try moving it up in the water column, a bit more light... if that doesn't bring it out, perhaps a change in flow.
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