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Deep water acros

ofzakaria

Supporting Member
Am looking for some deep water acros to fill in some of the lower section of the aquascape that will have lower PAR.
Anyone have some experince to share? Will appreciate the advice here
1- would deep water coral require lower flow as well?
2- what sps do you recommend?
@RandyC Am intersted in your thoughts if you have a min..
Thanks all.
 

ofzakaria

Supporting Member
Oh I did not know red dragon is deep water, good to know:). I also have a DBTC on my red dragon ha.
Any other sps comes to mind?
 

sfsuphysics

BOD
Staff member
I don't think anyone really knows what "deep water" is, I just remember when those very thin branched with relatively long coralite that are quite smooth started popping into the hobby everyone called the "deep water", but whether or not these are truly deep water or if that is some generic name given to corals for this hobby I couldn't tell you.
 

ofzakaria

Supporting Member
I don't think anyone really knows what "deep water" is, I just remember when those very thin branched with relatively long coralite that are quite smooth started popping into the hobby everyone called the "deep water", but whether or not these are truly deep water or if that is some generic name given to corals for this hobby I couldn't tell you.
My understanding is that some of the deep water characteristics is they have smooth skin and usually no polyps.. they are in the lower side of the reef so they need less PAR and benifit from UV spectrum. How accurate this is I have no idea lol..
The one I knew ut was deep water was the glass slipper from BC.
The pic is I believe one more deep water I do not know its name. But I remember I had to move it to almost shaded area to look like this..
Hopefully the more people chime in the more we learn.
 

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RandyC

Supporting Member
They are typically smooth skinned. From what I’ve read they usually need lower flow, but it needs to be constant/consistent. As they’re deep water, anything above the bluer spectrum won’t penetrate the deep waters much. I’ve also read that deep waters are typically more nutrient rich and it’s likely that they’d do better under cooler temperatures and not 78F what we typically run our tanks at. Any or all the above could be why I don’t keep deep water acros because they all eventually die on me. I’ve only killed 5-6 red dragons. ;)
 

ofzakaria

Supporting Member
They are typically smooth skinned. From what I’ve read they usually need lower flow, but it needs to be constant/consistent. As they’re deep water, anything above the bluer spectrum won’t penetrate the deep waters much. I’ve also read that deep waters are typically more nutrient rich and it’s likely that they’d do better under cooler temperatures and not 78F what we typically run our tanks at. Any or all the above could be why I don’t keep deep water acros because they all eventually die on me. I’ve only killed 5-6 red dragons. ;)
I do keep my system at 74 degree. Red dragons do so well with me. I grow small frag yo baseball size in 2 years in my old system and with this system I got small frag from my old red dragon it's now quite big. I gave a DBTC frag to @NanoCrazed . If you want I can give you one try again. This red dragon is resilient lol.

Ok I thought you keep deep water..thanks for sharing your thoughts thu..i do enjoy your threads and pictures great deal...kudos.
 

Chromis

Supporting Member
So, are all smooth-skinned acros “deep-water”? Is there a reason (environmental, other) for the different morphology?
 

ofzakaria

Supporting Member
So, are all smooth-skinned acros “deep-water”? Is there a reason (environmental, other) for the different morphology?
Not 100% sure but I do not think so. Deep water usually will also have deep colors of blue or purple with its variants. Not red or green.
 
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