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09-29-2011, 01:28 PM
This forum is dedicated to the discussion of SPS coral.

SPS is an abbreviation for Small-Polyped Scleractinian/Small-Polyped Stony. This informal term refers to stony corals that generally have polyps ranging from around 1 to 3 millimeters in diameter.

Coral categorized as SPS are hermatypic, meaning they are reef-building. They are also zooxanthellate coral meaning they contain mutualistic zooxanthellae. Zooxanthellae are unicellular dinoflagellate marine algae that are endosymbionts with many corals providing carbohydrates for the host coral via photosynthesis.

Most SPS coral require low-nutrient water, high lighting, and ample water flow. While they are generally more demanding than most LPS (http://www.cincyreef.com/forumdisplay.php?160-LPS) and soft (http://www.cincyreef.com/forumdisplay.php?95-Softies) coral, they are exceptionally rewarding to keep and will truly thrive with proper husbandry.

Enjoy the forum!