Birdsnest coral is a small polyp stony (SPS) coral. Birdsnest has delicate thin branches which form round or needle tips. The coral grows into a tangled “birdnest” like form. Birdnest have various colours like green, purple or pink in colour. Neon green polyps or purple polyps.
They are considered a beginner coral for hobbyists starting their journey to keeping SPS corals. The coral is fast growing and adds bright colours to your reef tank. You will need a stable system to care for this coral and should avoid fluctuations in parameters for coral health.
Birdsnest coral care
Your reef tank water flow strength and direction can affect the growth of the branches. It grows thicker branches in stronger current than in sheltered positions.
Lighting requirements will depend on the type of Birdsnest coral. We find yellow Birdsnest thrives in lower light conditions and pink Birdsnest likes more intense lighting.
You should ensure Birdsnest coral has enough space in the tank and are not too close to other corals. The coral can act aggressively.
Although Birdsnest get a lot of nutritional requirements from photosynthesis, their colour and growth benefit from feeding. You can target feed to help with nutrition.
Our Birdsnest mother colonies produce generations corals for hobbyists. 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 Birdnest are sustainably propagated in captivity without any impact on fragile ocean reefs.
Basic Water Parameters
8.0 to 8.3
34 - 36ppm
24.0 - 26.0 Celsius
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