What is your top 10 SPS to have in your reef?

stpatrick

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Hi everyone. I am in the process of converting my reef to a SPS dominate tank. I want to do it right. I thought I would reach out to the pros and ask what are the top/best and must haves to add to a reef tank.

Currently I have frags and or small colonies of the following:

Marshall Island Blue Bottlebrush
Montipora setosa
ORA Bellina Acropora
ORA Hawkin's Blue Echinata
ORA Screaming Green Birdsnest
Pink Strawberry Mille
Red Planet tabling Acropora
Pocillopora Coral
Jeti Mind Trick Montipora
Purpal Haze Montipora
 
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dvanacker

DID I SOUNDS SMRT??
Way too many. Some not mentioned of the top of my head.

Aussie Wilds I like....strawberry shotcake, a.echinata, a.sarmentosa

Tyree sunset monti, purple monster, pink lemonade, ponape birdsnest

ORA pearlberry. Oregon Tort. Superman monti. $500 efflo or any nice efflo, nice bonsai/tricolor.

Deepwater lokani, caroliniana

Some real nice milleporas out there too.
 

allsps40

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ORA Hawkins
ORA Red Planet
ORA Blue Bottle Brush
ORA Joe the Coral
Pretty much all the ORA Acros lol
Undata
Super Man Montipora
Rainbow Montipora
FHI Granulosa
 

iap

BOSS
Red planet
Purple monster
Oregon tort
Grapejuice
Pink lemonade
Strawberry shortcake
Superman monti
forest fire digi
Nasuta acro
Blue milli
 

joker295

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somewhere over the rainbow milli
dual color simplex
atl raspberry
rogue milli
garf bonsai
red dragon
pink lemonade
ice fire
pink jade
red planet
 

n8ureman

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ORA pearlberry
Lime in the sky
Oregon tort
Cali tort
Ice fire echinata
Upscales microclados
Strawberry shortcake
Pink lemonaid
Shades of fall
$500 efflo
These are just the named ones!! There are tons that have no name and are just as awesome!! Some can even be found in the $10 section at your LFS if you know what to look for!!:bounce3:
 

SPSEMPIRE

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ORA pearlberry
Lime in the sky
Oregon tort
Cali tort
Ice fire echinata
Upscales microclados
Strawberry shortcake
Pink lemonaid
Shades of fall
$500 efflo
These are just the named ones!! There are tons that have no name and are just as awesome!! Some can even be found in the $10 section at your LFS if you know what to look for!!:bounce3:

+1 on the list of corals. Pretty much, I agree with all of the corals that everybody have listed.

Here is the thing, the right system can make pretty much 90% of the acros look really good. You would be amazed at how many times I have taken brownies and turned them into nice looking acros. When you start picking out species vs trade names, it gets a lot easier.
 

SPSEMPIRE

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I would say that it all just depends on your system, your experience, and your taste in corals. Here is a list that I kind of just threw together. These are not necessarily on my wish list, but are more well rounded names that are "must have corals" for most systems. These list could be a lot longer too.

beginner list
ORA Red Planet
ORA Birds of Paradise
ORA Jeremy's Montipora
Acropora Valida (tricolor)
Rainbow Montipora

Intermediate List
Blue Tenuis
Acorpora Horrida -
Plum Crazy
Hawkins Echinata
Tyree Setosa Montipora

Expert List
Acropora Suharsonoi
Acropora Granulosa
Acropora Loripes
Acropora Tortuosa
Acropora Lokani
Acropora Echinata
 

AC-WEB

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I don't have a huge tank, but these are my top ten favorite

Strawberry Shortcake (I got an encrusted plug that has started to grow out nicely!)

Tri-colored valida (This is one of my older sps, and it has grown beautifully)

Red ink tabling acro

Pink Jade

Lemon-Lime Milli

Snocone Protrata

ORA green birdsnest (Fast grower and very bright)

Reefer Madness Limeade

Aqua Delight

Red planet (I put this on for it's potential, but it is a very small frag, and has shown little to no growth. I hope it makes it!)
 

jnc914

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Only 10? :)

ORA Pearlberry
ATL Shades of Fall
ORA Red Planet
Tyree Purple Monster
Oregon Tort
Tubb's Pink Jade
Reefready Grape Juice
E-corals Unknown Acro
Frag Farmers Snowcone Prostrata
SniperSPS Blue polyp Nasuta

Honorable mentions:
*Greg Hiller's AquaDelight
*Hiller Blue Matrix
*Upscales Microclades Acro
*ORA Hawkins
*ORA German Blue Polyp Acro
*ATL Superman Acro (Ming at ATL sold this for a very limited time. Same coloration as the Superman Milli but more intense. I was lucky enough to get a piece from him. He lost the original colony a few years back.)
 
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Soy

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"red dragon" pink w/ baby blue deepwater
flat simplex
echinatas
ultimate's rainbow
pink lemonade
strawberry shortcake (brightest red I have ever seen)
pearlberry
lokanis
Paletta's pink tip
oregon tort
original cali tort
tri-color prostrata
blue matrix
blue hoek
and on and on
 

Finland

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beginner list
ORA Red Planet
ORA Birds of Paradise
ORA Jeremy's Montipora
Acropora Valida (tricolor)
Rainbow Montipora

Intermediate List
Blue Tenuis
Acorpora Horrida -
Plum Crazy
Hawkins Echinata
Tyree Setosa Montipora

Expert List
Acropora Suharsonoi
Acropora Granulosa
Acropora Loripes
Acropora Tortuosa
Acropora Lokani
Acropora Echinata

LOL, I like this list, but I can't keep a red Planet if my life depended on it, But my Torte, Lokani, and echinata grow good. Red planet goes to the expert list for me.
 
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