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Old 01-25-2012, 11:36 PM
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Coloring up acan's?

Hey everyone.

I have about 7 acan frag's that I have had for about 5 month's. They are all doing good and growing but seem to have lost some of the bright colors they started out with. Just curious if there is anything to try to get them to color up. Here is a pic of one




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Old 01-26-2012, 10:51 AM
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low light will bring out the more vibrant colors
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:57 AM
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You light combinationg may also play a roll. I had the same issue and changed my bulb combination, made a big difference in mine.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:39 PM
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I agree with the above. I don't think there is an easy way to tell what bulbs or lighting will work best and even if it does make your acan better it may not be good for your other corals. I would try moving them down lower and see if that helps.
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Old 01-27-2012, 12:25 AM
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Cool. I was not sure about the light requirements. some of these guys are low on the sand bed but will try and get them into some shadow's

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Old 01-27-2012, 12:26 AM
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Might be a dumb question but do you feed them?

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Old 01-27-2012, 08:47 AM
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Sometimes. I did more in the past. I saw a increase in the growth rate but not color.
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Old 01-27-2012, 01:42 PM
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Cool. I was not sure about the light requirements. some of these guys are low on the sand bed but will try and get them into some shadow's
well, if they have been down low for a few months and are losing color then I would try moving up. I don't know if there is any way to tell what lighting is best but some like more and some less and all you can do is judge by the results. Move them a bit higher and give them a few weeks, at least, to see how they react.
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Old 01-27-2012, 03:59 PM
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in my experience lower light levels in the 20k range and higher is the key to unleashing the best colors of acans, especially any rainbow variants

higher light tends to wash out the best colors (sure they can live but the colors are blah and they get stripping) also occasional spot feeding will keep them happy and puffy

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