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Rainbow Montipora

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  1. Rainbow Montipora Rainbow Montipora

    Type: SPS
    Scientific Name: Montipora monasteriata
    Other Names: Encrusting montipora
    Color: Multi
    Status: Part of Current Collection
    Availability: No Frags at This Time
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Growth Rate: Slow
    Lighting: Medium
    Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Lansing, Michigan
    Awards Photo of the Month Photo of the Month

    Additional Information & Description

    The Polyps of this Rainbow Monti are bright green within the corals center section. On the leading growth edge polyps turn orange/red. What makes this coloration change even more interesting is that polyps located in the area between the leading edge and center section have pigments with a spread coloration located spectrally between red and green. As you travel outward from the center section the pigments change from green to yellow to orange and then finally reddish orange. Thus the name Rainbow Monti. The faster the coral is growing and encrusting the wider the reddish orange region. In brighter lights there can also be more reddish orange polyps. The main coral coloration is blue and the surface of the coral has many small bumps or tuberculae. (reeffarmers)

    I have had this monti for over 5 years now. While many reefers can grow it, the conditions must be just right to get the full polyp color variation seen here. My tank had the perfect monti growing conditions for about 3 years when this photo was taken. Alkalinity plays a big part on the coloration.
    BeakerBob - Past MMMC Club President, current Board Member
    imagephp?u1&amptypesigpic&ampdateline1261894023 - Rainbow Montipora

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    larryandlaura - Reefkeeper
    Team CR

    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Houghton Lake
    First Name
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    Very nice Bob.
    Hi my name is Larry and I'm a coral addict!

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