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    Quote Originally Posted by ATXacrofarmer View Post
    Fully agreed with Reeftopia, always better to buy from established tanks as the colors are already mature and you know what you're going to get.

    For maris, some have more difficult times transitioning, which is why not everybody buys maris. I've had decent success with them with the following method:

    1) Remove plug and put on my own... Plugs are just covered in all types of algae you don't want to go nuts in your tank.

    2) Dip them all, not so much looking for AEFW but black bugs and sea spiders will make you shut down your tank, there is no cure for either but total shutdown.

    3) Keep your tank alk at a lower value, below 7.5 dKh... Natural reefs have pretty low alk, often 6.5 dKh and below so having yours low too helps the transition IMO.

    4) Put them directly in high light > 250 par. None of that start them on the same bed business unless they are deepwater acros.

    They will take a long time to settle on final colors. I've had some do it in months, I've had some for 2 years still not color up.

    For price value, you can't beat maris. Just don't expect all the colors to be there for awhile and expect a higher mortality rate than just collecting aquaculture frags.

    I like to have a mix of maris and named pieces in the tank when first starting so it doesn't look so bare but over time, I usually phase out the maris to make room for my named pieces, unless I find a gem of a mariculture... Then I name it. Mariculrured vs tank grown sps

    All I can say is avoid spathulata and abrotanoides. They will reel you in with their amazing colors straight from the facility but are crazy difficult and often don't make the transition. I've personally avoid millis these days too... Talk about ultimate bait and switch. They have ridiculous colors coming in and all end up turning into pretty boring colors under our lights for the most part. Plus, they have the highest mortality rate in my system... I've probably bought over 30+ maris over the years, with probably a 80% survival rate long-term and the 20% of deaths, about 3/4 of that are millis. They just do great for 2-3 months and then spend the next 3 slowly STNing away. Just my personal experience though, maybe they just don't like my tank. FWIW, my aquacultured millis are growing just fine.
    I like the idea you mentioned of slowly transitioning. I might have to do that with my new tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cody View Post
    Gorgeous tenius!
    And no, you won't get a frag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinman View Post
    And no, you won't get a frag.
    You're right. You'll just give me the whole thing....for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cody View Post
    You're right. You'll just give me the whole thing....for free.
    Me too


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    Quote Originally Posted by mittens View Post
    Me too


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    Don't worry, I'll give you a frag.

    When are you delivering my colony for free, tinman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cody View Post
    Don't worry, I'll give you a frag.

    When are you delivering my colony for free, tinman?
    Just joking. My tank would eat up sps alive.


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