Daisy Coral (Alveopora sp.)
Family: Poritidae (Stony Corals)
Habitat: Lagoon areas with soft bottoms and turbulent, sediment-laden water.
Light: Medium Water Flow: Low Space: 10+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Caution
Diet: Likely phytoplankton and zooplankton.
Natural History: Daisy corals are found in a variety of reef zones but never in great quantity. They produce round, branching, or massive skeletons. Their skeleton is porous and lightweight while their polyps are distinct in being slightly enlarged at the tips. Polyps are extended by day and partially retracted at night. They are generally found on soft bottom areas in turbid water.
Husbandry: Daisy Corals prefer low water flow and low to medium light exposure. They are very tolerant of different lighting up to bright light, but not to different water flow regimes. Higher water nutrient content may benefit this coral in captivity. Its care requirements are still under study before this coral becomes easier to care for in captivity.
AKA: Ball Coral, Flowerpot Coral
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