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I think it is, but I am not sure. I have rarely seen this coral in our hobby. I got mine years ago in a mystery, multi-pack from Aqua SD. This coral is a slow grower in my opinion. It prefers rather low light.
It is rare in the hobby and I agree about the low lighting. I found it washed out in my tank under the Hydras.

But here is a link for others who are interested: https://vividaquariums.com/products/vivid-diploastrea
 

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Based on John's advice from the Aqua Hut, the LPS in question here in this pic could extend tenticles that may damage and possibly even kill a nearby SPS coral colony. I moved it out of the tank and into the frag tank besides it. I put an appleberry monti in its place, yet would like to keep the SPS colonies from overtaking the corner powerhead. He suggested putting some zoas on the back-glass to help keep the SPS colonies at bay. I now agree that using an LPS for this was bad plan on my part. Even if the LPS does not kill an SPS, there would be an ugly whipped / abused part of the coral to look at. John says the zoas will cause only an edge of the SPS to get "burned," encouraging branching corals to grow upward and in other directions. I may try to put 2 different zoas in this location. I think it could be easy to cut off zoas off the glass with a razor to frag them as they get too close to the powerhead.
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My only concern is the light may too bright at the top of the tank for the zoas. I am running an SB Reef Lights fixture with the blue channel at max for about 10 hours the whites at 10% for about 3 hours. The fixture is about 5 inches above the water. Below are the two zoas I plan on using. What do you all think? Any idea what these are called anyway?

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I would try them on the back glass since the light in that area should not be as bright as it is say a couple inches from the glass.
Seems your back glass is painted black as well from what my eyes see, this reduces light refraction from the glass as well.
 

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I forgot to mention, I loved zoas even before I setup my 1st tank. I failed at about 70% of them. Now I am having much greater success. So far I have had zero losses since I moved the tanks to the sunroom. I attribute the success to post 99 of this thread.
 

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I picked-up 3 corals at the Aqua Hut during my trip a while back. This very healthy rhodactus:
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I also got this zoa. I am not sure of the name. You can tell by this picture below that I do my best to encase every last speck of rock and non coral tissue with sand and super glue. I always 1st remove the coral from the original plug and place it on a new one. If in doubt, I will encase a small polyp if there is a fagment of gravel attached to it. I am not taking chances! I should not get aiptasia to ride in on a frag this way.


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The last addition is a small frag of an Easter egg chalice. I love the frag yet I cannot get the colors to look right when I take photos with this cell phone either with or without a photo filter.
 
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I got this is picture off the web. The one I got from the Aqua Hutt has almost the exact same coloration. The 3 corals were from the $45 frag tank, yet I got all 3 for $100 with the sale they had going.
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Here is the way I mounted my SB Reef Lights fixture for this cube tank. Keeping some scrap glass came in handy. I plan to keep it this way.. i need to order a new diode panel. Here are 2 views:

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I am trying to minimize small stands of chaeto getting sucked into my return pumps. I believe I mentioned it prior that I am running one small return pump for each of the 2 display tanks.
 

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Here are a few updates on my recent projects:

I made a custom 2 bulb, retrofit t5 fixture. It used wires from an old fixture, somewhat new waterproof end caps, and a Workhorse ballast. Some of it can use another coat of paint.

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I got some shelves from Hobby Lobby on sale to store frag stuff and fish / coral food. As you may notice, I put a motion light on the lamp so that it goes on when I walk in the room at night.

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These below are on the opposite side just above and to the left of the cube tank. This other shelf I found at a thrift store for $4. I plan to put some hooks on it to hang fishnets and cleaning brushes.

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I got tired of my kids leaving water in paper bathroom cups for hours. After a while, the water seeped-out and caused damage to our bathroom lavatory. They will only use plastic from now on. So, I found another use for the paper ones.

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The pink silicone candy mold is helping me make better frag disks for mounting acropora and montipora digitata. Because the holes are a tad bit too deep, I have to use a little sand and super glue to help fix that problem as I do the frag mounting. I tried to let the frags just sit in there and attach on their own. That did not work well. I guess flow and algae-eating fish knocked them out of place.

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Here is a monti digi (Tubbs stellata). The polyps are withdrawn because I just moved it.

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Well, this just happened accidentally, so I am trying some mictofragmentation "mounting" without glue. I will post a progress picture later. This is a branching stylo:

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Good re-use on the little Dixie cups LOL
 

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I got the weir from Coral Connection thanks to @Kujo muling it for me. It was good to meet you, my brother! Thank you, @Coral Connection for your quality work.

This thing is so well built, I will have to include it in my will! I hope at least one of my kids want to inherit my reef setup and this wonderful hobby. My 6 year-old, Isaiah, is my only kid out of 3 that will likely get into the hobby.

It fits like a glove on my final 1/4 inch thick baffle. The 3 plastic screws may not even be necessary, yet I am very pleased George @Coral Connection added them. I added some craft plastic mesh with zip ties for it to be better at keeping chaeto out of the return pump chamber. The mesh will likely make the weir grow hair algae on it like an algae turf scrubber unless I can block the light. I may just remove it, scrub it in waste SW during water changes. Post #109 shows the weir prior to the addition of my plastic craft mesh.
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The weir works FABULOUSLY! I am so delighted I got it. It really help a great deal at keeping chaeto out if my 2 return pumps.

Below is evidence I really love this coral. I have never grown tired of looking at it. I wanted it to continue to grow flat, so I added more flat frag squares to it using superior glue, sand, and gravel. I had to snip some of these frag tiles a bit. The coral did get some damage from being out of the water too long. I believe the room was a bit too cool that day as well. Next time I try this, I will baste the coral with tank water about once every 2 minutes or so. I thank God that it is now 95% healed-up!

This jelly bean rainbow chalice has greatly minimized my desire to collect more corals. It has helped me be satisfied with my smaller tanks and the hobby as a whole. I am so delighted it recovered!

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The weir works FABULOUSLY! I am so delighted I got it. It really help a great deal at keeping chaeto out if my 2 return pumps.

Below is evidence I really love this coral. I have never grown tired of looking at it. I wanted it to continue to grow flat, so I added more flat frag squares to it using superior glue, sand, and gravel. I had to snip some of these frag tiles a bit. The coral did get some damage from being out of the water too long. I believe the room was a bit too cool that day as well. Next time I try this, I will baste the coral with tank water about once every 2 minutes or so. I thank God that it is now 95% healed-up!

This jelly bean rainbow chalice has greatly minimized my desire to collect more corals. It has helped me be satisfied with my smaller tanks and the hobby as a whole. I am so delighted it recovered!

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Stunning coral for sure! Can't wait to see it grown out
 

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This 2 display system had a bit of a setback with my dealing with some dark turf algae. I had to take some drastic measure involing removing and bleaching the frag tank. Here is a thread about that:

Now this frag tank is ripping and roaring again. There are no signs of the dark turf algae. I will try to post some pictures over the weekend.

I am happy that I traded in my beautiful Melanurus wrasse for some LFS credit. I am now breeding trochus snails in a tremendous fashion! My sump may have easily 80+ babies. The frag tank likely has another 50 or 60 babies and 2 adults. I believe that the constant, average pH of 8.3 to 8.4 may be what has helped this breeding effort. Does anyone know some tricks to helping these baby trochus snails mature to adulthood? It seems that most do not make it. I do have one small emerald crab in the frag display. It gets some GHA to eat along with regular, daily fish food that seems to always fall to the floor of the tank when I feed the fish. I doubt it is going after the baby snails for food.
 
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I did some GHA clean-up. I noticed that paper towels work GREAT with some of my smooth, homemade concrete frag disks. I take it out of the water for a few seconds and just wipe the stuff off and throw it out. Other clean up I did with a soft tooth brush scrub with waste water rinse.

Here are some pics from just before the lights shut off. All the close-ups are from the frag tank:
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The large rhicordia yuma at the back of the tank may soon get almost as big as my fist. It started to puff-up after it got acclimated to this tank. Prior, it was inside the house in my softie tank.
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I wish my yuma would stay put like that. I put it in a small cup with rocks to attach, I then will glue the small rock piece to my main rock work sometimes just a matter of inches away and it releases, then back into the cup it goes to do it all over. We have been playing this game for over 3 months now. It is a big gold one that wasn't cheap and it really aggravates me.
 

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I wish my yuma would stay put like that. I put it in a small cup with rocks to attach, I then will glue the small rock piece to my main rock work sometimes just a matter of inches away and it releases, then back into the cup it goes to do it all over. We have been playing this game for over 3 months now. It is a big gold one that wasn't cheap and it really aggravates me.
I plan to let mine grow up the back glass. I find these stay put when they get attached. Do you think either your flow or lighting could be too high where you are trying to mount it on the main aquascape?
 
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