Thanks for the replies.
I've already read TRA vol 1 when it first came out.A great book but a little shy on sps.
The reason I asked is that recently I've lost 3-4 frags of montipora and one pociliopora for no good reason.
Water quality checks out fine Ca 460 Alk is little over 3.lighting is also sufficient at 880w over a 135.
I'm beginning to suspect foul play on the part of an inhabitant(rock beauty)
The mystery to me is that all of my Acroporas are doing fine.In the scope of things they're supposed to be harder to keep.Go figure...
Monster of the Labirynth15,
What parts of TRA did you find out of date? I have not given it a detailed study, but upon the once over I did give it, I found the information without any blairing technical flaws.
To be honest I would not be too suprised......JS is kind of an ass in some ways. Because of his popularity I will probably be burnt for the blasphemy of that last comment, but I have spoken to him personally, and despite his relative brilliance, he does lack some in humility.
Lets start with an easy one. Iodine. D&S still recommend its use... But there have been no scientifically documented cases that prove that iodine is essential or even used by corals. Eric B. and Ron Shimek have done extensive research of the litrature into this subject and have found 0 instances of a scientific study corraberating this hobby myth. Rob Toonen, found one....dealing with the rearing of baby octopi. So if that's what you're doing...then go for it.
Their general stance on errant polychaetes is wrong. They make them out to be horrible monsters.
There is more, however, I don't have the books with me and its been so long since I've read them, else I would be typing for a long time.
Once I get my books back and scan through them a bit, I'll post some more of their fallacies.
Give me a week or so, I'll give you a better response.
Minotaur15 on #reefs
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fed and can think a bit for yourself then Veron's book on Stony Corals of the Indo Pacific is the best book around currently. For the majority of species contained in the book it gives an indication of the more common reef zones and locations it is found in. There is also information at the start of the book on the conditions of each of these zones. So if you know where it is typically found, then you can infer the type of conditions that it requires. By far the most useful book I have found to help with keeping a wide range of hard corals.
Note also, don't fall into the trap that you can group "SPS" corals all together under the same sorts of conditions. It is a grouping that is based solely on the size of the polyps, nothing more than that. There is no taxonomical, behavioural, structure etc reason for it other than that. Be careful with generalisations, because they are exactly that, general. They do not apply to ever case.
I've read TRA vol1 and 2, and the modern coral reef aquarium vol 1 and 2. I like all four and have learned alot form them. Although none of them really get very deep on keeping specific species. I have a 120 and run 400w 6500 iwaski with great success. I also think a cal reactor is something to think about, since the addition of mines 2 yrs ago my tank has taking off.