Acropora species are small polyp stony (SPS) corals and are commonly known as table coral, elkhorn coral or staghorn coral. The coral usually adopts a table or branching shape. Acropora have bright multicoloured branches with colonies of individual polyps. Their polyp extension can make the branches look fluffy in appearance. Acropora retract their polyps if disturbed and typically fully extend their polyps at night to feed.
Acropora are described by hobbyists as
Acropora coral care
Acropora are difficult corals to keep but are very rewarding with their bright colourations. They are sensitive to water chemistry, like high water flow and high lighting.
Acropora are light demanding corals and anything between 250 to 300 PAR is adequate for their health. They can turn brown in colour without enough light and too much light can cause bleaching. It is important to adjust both lighting intensity and spectrum.
Although Acropora get a lot of nutritional requirements from photosynthesis, their colour and growth benefit from feeding.
Our Acropora mother colonies were carefully selected for their unique colour variations. We supply hardy, fully coloured coral frags and mini-colonies grown in the same conditions as hobbyist’s tanks, using artificial saltwater and lighting. Reefaz Aquacultured Acropora are sustainably propagated in captivity without any impact on fragile ocean reefs.
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Basic Water Parameters
8.0 to 8.3
34 - 36ppm
24.0 - 26.0 Celsius
Limited ability to damage other corals
We recommend acclimating all corals and invertebrates. It is important that you allow the animals time to adjust to their new tank environment. Acclimation will reduce further stress on the corals and help to keep them healthy. The animals need time to adjust to your tanks water parameters.
- Unpack the shipment away from direct light
- Place the animals and the water they came in into a large container
- Add 1/2 a cup of your aquarium water slowly to the container every few minutes
- Pest control dip (optional) following the manufacturer's instructions
- Place the animals in your tank while your tank lights are turned off
- Turn down your tank lights (if possible) or place the coral in a low light area of the tank for a day or two. This allows them time to slowly get use to your lighting