PURPLE STYLOPHORA Transformation?

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So I really enjoy my Acros, my Millis, my Pocilloporas and yes Stylophora corals. But I’ve recently observed something in my Stylos development that I have to ask a question that……..someone knows. So the photo below of a young Purple Stylo colony in my tank started out quite small 8 plus months ago. About two or three weeks ago, I began to notice white tips on the ends of each developing branch. Up until then this Stylo in appearance looked more like a pocillopora having a more cauliflower look.
My question is: Has this cauliflower appearing coral “come of age” ? Do these white ends represent the sprouting of coral branches?

What say you? Thanks.
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Its means he will finally start growing! The whites are growth tips
 

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Yours looks like a Milka Stylo which is sourced from the Red Sea area. I’ve had nine for 10 years and it goes through phases where it’s solid purple, then gets the white polyps on the ends when conditions are good.
 

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So I really enjoy my Acros, my Millis, my Pocilloporas and yes Stylophora corals. But I’ve recently observed something in my Stylos development that I have to ask a question that……..someone knows. So the photo below of a young Purple Stylo colony in my tank started out quite small 8 plus months ago. About two or three weeks ago, I began to notice white tips on the ends of each developing branch. Up until then this Stylo in appearance looked more like a pocillopora having a more cauliflower look.
My question is: Has this cauliflower appearing coral “come of age” ? Do these white ends represent the sprouting of coral branches?

What say you? Thanks.
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Definatly growth tips.
That coral grows fast, large, wide and tight.
Well done.
 
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Yours looks like a Milka Stylo which is sourced from the Red Sea area. I’ve had nine for 10 years and it goes through phases where it’s solid purple, then gets the white polyps on the ends when conditions are good.
Thanks great information.
 
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Definatly growth tips.
That coral grows fast, large, wide and tight.
Well done.
Great to know. I haven’t had a stylo in 2 decades. And I’ve definitely seen white tips before on Stylos in other dt at lfs etc. But mine young colony has not just until recently.
 
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It’s more genetics than growth tips. The polyps on the ends are actually white instead of purple. Here’s a pic of mine that shows the white polyps.

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Yup, those are what mine look like. But just starting to resemble branches.
 
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Yours looks like a Milka Stylo which is sourced from the Red Sea area. I’ve had nine for 10 years and it goes through phases where it’s solid purple, then gets the white polyps on the ends when conditions are good.
Do you have any data/info on the differences between Milka and common Purple Stylos?
 

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Do you have any data/info on the differences between Milka and common Purple Stylos?

Unfortunately, I don’t know how to link to another thread, but if you search on R2R for “purple vs milka Stylophora”, there’s a thread that discusses them and that thread has a link to a Reefbuilder’s article from 2013 with some information as well.
 
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Unfortunately, I don’t know how to link to another thread, but if you search on R2R for “purple vs milka Stylophora”, there’s a thread that discusses them and that thread has a link to a Reefbuilder’s article from 2013 with some information as well.
Thanks you’ve been real helpful!
 

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