SPS Coral Contest Juicy Fruit Montipora

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  1. jlanger

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    Foremost, I'm rooting for Andrew's Amazeballs Goniopora to explode with growth; I want need a frag!
    I really wanted to post the Oculina robusta, but the added stress of getting the monti frag to color up and grow is a better challenge.

    Juicy Fruit Montipora; 01/04/2020.
    Frag plug; 1" diameter.
    Top down photo under Radion program at 02:32PM.

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    Haha Thanks! I will have to get you a cut when I can!
     
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    I haven't posted any photos as I knew this coral would likely not show much of a difference month by month, but it definitely has colored up some and there's evidence of some new growth around the base.
    I just really happy that it's unscathed during the MEN issue!

    Juicy Fruit Montipora; 05/03/2020.
    Frag plug; 1" diameter.
    Top down photo under Radion program at 01:05PM.

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    Nice coral. I searched for some colony shots on google. Really impressive. Is it a pretty slow grower?
     
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    I find that most of these robust varieties (M. cebuensis???) take a while to recover from fragging and then adjusting to a new system. But once the corals have acclimated to the new environment, they start growing at a quicker pace.
    I had a Nauti Spiral frag in my old system that did almost nothing for about six months and then it exploded and I was needing to frag it quite often. I'm hoping the same goes for this one.
     
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    Looking good Jason, that thing did a 180 as far as color is concerned.
     
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    Final report; It's still alive!

    Juicy Fruit Montipora; 06/28/2020.
    Frag plug; 1" diameter.
    Top down photo under Radion program at 04:00PM.

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    Over the past five months, it has definitely colored up to what I hoped it would be. Growth was minimal, but I don't mind. Little growth may be attributed to very low (if any nutrients) in the system until I started dosing nitrates to get them up over the past couple of months. It's looking really good now.

    Here's the original post for comparison.

     
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