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I purchased a hammer, I think 2 or three weeks ago, with some fish and bottled bacteria. I know that the guy from the LFS screwed me because I ended with 1 dead tang and 2 almost dying clowns. I returned the clowns but left the hammer in the tank. It's been cycling for a while now. I noticed when looking at pictures on Google that my hammer doesn't look anything like the ones in the pictures. Instead of a deep brown, it's more translucent and the green is not as saturated. The coral already looked like that when I bought it from that clown at the LFS but I didn't know that this might not be normal. Is there a way to bring back the colors or do I have a different specimen?

Here are my current water parameters:

pH 8.2
dkH 12.9
Ca 350
Mg 1200 - 1250
Phosphates 0.25 - 0.50
Ammonia 0
Nitrites 0
Nitrates 5 - 10ppm

My light:

https://www.amazon.com/VIPARSPECTRA-Timer-165W-Aquarium-Dimmable/dp/B00UMXAR5S

Channels:

Blue 1%
White 1%

I ran it at 20% for the blues and 5% for the whites for a few days and I think the hammer liked it. It stretched its tentacles towards the light which I read is a good sign. I also read that too much light can bleach corals so I dialed it back for now.

I ran carbon up until 2 days ago and the LFS also runs carbon 24/7.


This is a picture with the lights on:

http://imgur.com/hwGA3Go


Lights off:

http://imgur.com/I7YhzM6


This is what it should look like, shouldn't it?

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/52/70/27/5270272fac40af1dbe6d36304899648d.jpg

http://thumbs4.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mDf0Jqpp4Qv6yIHr_MWZ11A.jpg
 

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There are many different types of hammers and every light is going to make it look a little different and every tweak to the settings will change the way it looks too. I think your coral looks perfectly fine.
 

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Yeah, that is just the type of Hammer you got. It may get a tad more colorful as it grows. However, this one is pretty on its own right.

By the way, all Euphyllia are compatible with one another so you could always get more that are of a different coloration.
 

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There are many different types of hammers and every light is going to make it look a little different and every tweak to the settings will change the way it looks too. I think your coral looks perfectly fine.
I think mine is a "Black and Decker"

 

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Don't be ridiculous. This is a very serious thread in a very serious hobby and there is no room for foolishness. :banana:
 

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I was just fooling around and I don't like to do that. If you put a hammer in your tank, it may cause leeks on your front glass.

 
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