Stratosphere Variations

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Hello, curious, how many variations of strats are there? I have the following and the color and shapes are different. Is there a price difference on the variation? I see the yellow and purple posted more. Thanks.
 

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Looks cool. There are probably lots of variations in the wild. I think strats are a certain way, and that's how it is identified. People just go for named pieces because it is easier to identify, so they command higher prices. But there are lots of variations no names, but people are stuck on names for some reason.
 

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Thank you both. I've always seen the yellow and purple/pink on the market but recently got the green one. So as long as they have the black base and round highlight in the middle they're considered stratospheres? Wasn't aware they have different variations. Thanks again.
 

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No, yours would not be called strats because each named coral is specific featured and should have some lineage. But yours is a variation of it, so it would be considered a no name or just a variation of strat. Price is whatever the buyer will pay. Some people care about names and others don’t.
 

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No, yours would not be called strats because each named coral is specific featured and should have some lineage. But yours is a variation of it, so it would be considered a no name or just a variation of strat. Price is whatever the buyer will pay. Some people care about names and others don’t.
Oh man, so you're saying the green ones aren't strats making the price lower? Thanks.
 
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Oh man, so you're saying the green ones aren't strats making the price lower? Thanks.
So they both look like stratospheres. The pictures look almost identical. Depending on type of light (LED vs say T5), how much par the zoa receives, and the tanks specific parameters the zoas can look different. There can be variation between two zoas within the same colony. The oral disk has an irregular pattern with alternating rings of black and gold, and a vibrant pink and purple skirt.

again PAR can change the size and even how the pattern on the oral disk appears. Color brightness or saturation can be affected.

there are exosphere zoas with the same irregular pattern on their oral disk (but with green/yellow and black) and have green striped skirts. (I have mine in around 100 par and the green on the oral disk has turned more yellow)

you also have atmosphere, mesosphere, and I’m probably forgetting some. Each one is a different color combination but should be similar in the way the patterns develops on the oral disk.

Kind of like zoas in the “hornet” family. What most consider true hornet’s mean their skirts alternate in color and general a ring around the mouth on the oral disk. But there are some hornets that don’t necessarily fit that to a T (frozen and murder hornets come to min
 

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So they both look like stratospheres. The pictures look almost identical. Depending on type of light (LED vs say T5), how much par the zoa receives, and the tanks specific parameters the zoas can look different. There can be variation between two zoas within the same colony. The oral disk has an irregular pattern with alternating rings of black and gold, and a vibrant pink and purple skirt.

again PAR can change the size and even how the pattern on the oral disk appears. Color brightness or saturation can be affected.

there are exosphere zoas with the same irregular pattern on their oral disk (but with green/yellow and black) and have green striped skirts. (I have mine in around 100 par and the green on the oral disk has turned more yellow)

you also have atmosphere, mesosphere, and I’m probably forgetting some. Each one is a different color combination but should be similar in the way the patterns develops on the oral disk.

Kind of like zoas in the “hornet” family. What most consider true hornet’s mean their skirts alternate in color and general a ring around the mouth on the oral disk. But there are some hornets that don’t necessarily fit that to a T (frozen and murder hornets come to min
Thank you! Appreciate the detailed feedback. The strats have been growing from the last time I posted. One thing I've noticed is that the original strat from the first pic started losing its oral disk color. The smallest frag, the color changed when I dipped them in hydrogen peroxide. So I'm thinking their colors faded when stressed. Would the yellow come back in time after they recovered from the dip?
 

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Thank you! Appreciate the detailed feedback. The strats have been growing from the last time I posted. One thing I've noticed is that the original strat from the first pic started losing its oral disk color. The smallest frag, the color changed when I dipped them in hydrogen peroxide. So I'm thinking their colors faded when stressed. Would the yellow come back in time after they recovered from the dip?
Possibly. Higher light tends to give them more color. They may never gain their original color but babies will have the coloration you saw when you first had them.

first picture is my exospheres
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the zoa in the center in Antimatter…these are at 100 par or better and the second picture is the same zoa but 80 par or less
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