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A little over a month ago there was a thread that had some mentioning of wanting to do an LPS for a grow out instead the SPS or zoanthids that had been previously done. LPS is a big category, so it took me a while thinking about it to really narrow things down. At first I wanted to do some form of favia or closed brain but those can be aggressive. Then I was tempted by the beautiful extravagant chalices that are too spendy for any one person, but those grow slower than molasses. Oh what to do...

 

 I needed something with some color, not too hard to keep and not something too common...

A trip to The Premium Aquarium and a long chat with Garret and then Chris got me thinking straight!

I got the full run down of possible candidates and believe me there was no shortage, brains, chalices, acans, and euphyllias. But what finally got my attention and really got me thinking was this beautiful purple gonipopora. Actually there was a few purple gonis there but this one was bright purple and white, with a true flower pot look, not one of those encrusters.

 

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This picture is with flash on, the goni in the back ground is the same just without as much warm white light from the camera. Look at those purples.

 

These are beauties thats for sure.

 

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Lots of motion with these too. 

When I first acquired these chunks they were slow to transition to home tank life, you know how some of those finicky gonioporas can be, but over the last few weeks they have really started to perk up. I think these are going to be a reasonably hardy variety once all is said and done.

With those fat and juicy polyps.

 

SO, any body here want to try their hands at another grow out contest!?

I have a feeling this one won't be quite as temperamental as the acropora, but you never know, each tank is a little different. Grand prize winner will be seeing some fine TPA corals in the end, second place through 13th will get to keep their prize purple gonis, and last places will get the intricate bleached white skeleton of their entry frag..Its a win win all around!

 

besides, its always a hoot to do these Grow Outs.

 

 

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I would love to get in on this grows out :) I'm already doing the acro grow out, so if they conflict then that's ok:) otherwise I had a Goni back when I started and I might have killed it..... Would love to try another one. I love how purple this guy is too!

Thank you for putting another grow out together Bert! I can help deliver frags to Salem again, and possibly Portland depending on the day :)

 

 

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No conflicting with other grow outs, as long as you are a payed member you can participate. And yes this one is at least as purple as the pictures here, its a looker alright.

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I'd love to join in. I love gonioporas and alveoporas!

 

Edit: These guys look quite a bit like Alveoporas. How do you tell them apart again? Does it have to do with the number of tentacles per polyp?

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Thats really awesome of you to do these growouts Bert. I'm gonna pass on this one since I'm already in the Acro one.

I agree. Bert is the bomb!

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Thats really awesome of you to do these growouts Bert. I'm gonna pass on this one since I'm already in the Acro one.

 

Tell the truth you just don't want a flower pot :tongue:

 

I am glad Bert is doing these though :D

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Cannot wait, count me in!

 

There should be some good sharing of goniopora care tips, good club/community stuff!
 

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Shut up and take my money! I need in on this. :D

^^^^what she said^^^^

 

 

Count me in!!!

 

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Garret and his team at The Premium Aquarium were very generous, making the buy in amazingly affordable, should be about $10 for the buy in...Provided everything makes the "Cut".

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