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Old 06-09-2008, 07:51 AM   #1
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LPS vs. SPS


So the coral thing is new to me, and I was wondering if anyone knew of a website or had a list of corals that fall into these catagories? I'd like to research some on the differences, lighting requirements, feeding etc. between the two.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:19 AM   #2
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You can try liveaquaria.com, marinedepotlive.com, reefhotspot.com.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:38 AM   #3
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Do a search here on TRT, or go to www.tcmas.org and ask Q. People are posting on tcmas all the time, you can get feedback in hours not days.
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Way to drive people away David nothing good ever happens fast in Salt Water tanks, maybe that should include bullition boards.
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Way to drive people away David nothing good ever happens fast in Salt Water tanks, maybe that should include bullition boards.
Just giving a fellow reefer some good advice, unlike your post that had nothing to do with her Q.....

OK, enough passive-aggressive remarks
Back to the Q.

I also have some great books you can read that will give you a great base of knowledge in developing your reef.
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names of those books? or authors? I'm an amazon.com junkie - so if I know the names or ISBN numbers, I can put my boyfriends credit card through the roof.
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Well, I'm certainly happy to supply you with some VERY general information on the topic since nobody else seems to want to.

Though not scientific, SPS=Small Polyp Stony and LPS=Large Polyp Stony. Both corals produce a "skeleton" primarily made of calcium carbonate. That's why calcium levels are so important in a reef tank!

Generally speaking, LPS require lower light levels to survive but lighting is still important! They also require less water flow than an SPS. LPS tend to live in protected lagoons whereas SPS tend to live on the outer reefs.

SPS tend to be less tolerant of water "pollutants" such as nitrates and such. Since they're more exposed to the open ocean they are more used to flows of relatively "clean" water from the open ocean whereas the LPS more often reside lower flow and thus more "contaminated" waters.

Both require some feeding. I've read that SPS only get about 10% of their energy from the zooxanthellae that reside in them (the symbiotic algae that turn light into energy and give them much of their color) in nature. You'll have to do some research on what they feed on and how much to provide.

This is just general info and the specific corals will require different specific care. It also applies more to the SPS than the LPS as the LPS seem a little more diverse in nature.

Hope this helps!

PS to the other club members: isn't it nice to see a serious, helpful post from me rather than some snarky remark??
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Very well summarized!


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Well, I'm certainly happy to supply you with some VERY general information on the topic since nobody else seems to want to.

Though not scientific, SPS=Small Polyp Stony and LPS=Large Polyp Stony. Both corals produce a "skeleton" primarily made of calcium carbonate. That's why calcium levels are so important in a reef tank!

Generally speaking, LPS require lower light levels to survive but lighting is still important! They also require less water flow than an SPS. LPS tend to live in protected lagoons whereas SPS tend to live on the outer reefs.

SPS tend to be less tolerant of water "pollutants" such as nitrates and such. Since they're more exposed to the open ocean they are more used to flows of relatively "clean" water from the open ocean whereas the LPS more often reside lower flow and thus more "contaminated" waters.

Both require some feeding. I've read that SPS only get about 10% of their energy from the zooxanthellae that reside in them (the symbiotic algae that turn light into energy and give them much of their color) in nature. You'll have to do some research on what they feed on and how much to provide.

This is just general info and the specific corals will require different specific care. It also applies more to the SPS than the LPS as the LPS seem a little more diverse in nature.

Hope this helps!

PS to the other club members: isn't it nice to see a serious, helpful post from me rather than some snarky remark??
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Very well summarized!
Thanks. I sometimes wonder if being away from actually participating in the hobby (5 & 1/2 years) has caused me to forget much of what I'd learned!
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Didn't seem like you lost anything with this one.
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