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I started keeping plants in '95 and I grow Erios and Toninas gangbusters. Thanks for the concern.
Thinking you can grow all types of Tonina / Erio sp because you grew or currently growing some of the easy species (Belems, Cinereums, Thailands, Fluviatilis, Lago Grande, Manaus) cannot be applied to the more difficult sp.

Don't take it the wrong way I'm just being real :) There's a reason why the rare plants are ........rare :)
 

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People say that SPS corals are hard to keep and grow but in reality they just need very specific care requirements. This is the way I view plants, and especially those which are considered hard to grow. Give them the exact biotic and abiotic conditions which they need to grow and they will, it is as simple as that. Now if you consider it difficult to provide strong light, good flow, clean water and balanced nutrients, that is not the same as saying a plant is difficult to grow. Granted, some plants just grow slowly and you can't do much about it but compared to growing rock (corals), even the slowest plants grow at breakneck speed.
While I do agree that an SPS or others are slower growing, more expensive & requires more equipment, at least you can find a wealth of information on various forums on the specifics on what they need to survive.

Now when you happen to get a hold of a rare plant that happens to be a very picky sp you best believe it will not come nor will you find the specific care requirements sheet or the exact biotic and a biotic conditions chart :) and the reason why you will fail several times over as you learn what makes them happy (the difficulty and why most give up).

I do wish you all the best in your quest for rare plants...
 
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