Pocillopora - Pink (Pocillopora sp.)
Family: Pocilloporidae (Stony Corals)
Habitat: Generally found in shallow high energy reef zones. They form medium-sized colonies and have polyps that remain open 24 hours.
Light: High Water Flow: High Space: 10+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: These corals have zooxanthellae which provide much of their nutrition. It is believed they also feed on microzooplankton and directly absorb some nutrients from the water.
Natural History: Pocillopora grow in branching or nearly massive colony forms. Their skeleton is covered with warty projections called verrucae. Their corallites do not extend but are encased within their skeleton. Polyps are small and give a colony a fuzzy appearance. Their skeleton contains chitin, but its importance is unknown. Some varieties produce a pigment called pocilloporin which also has an unknown function. This group is second only to Acropora in reef building. They are easily grown in captivity and are one of the best studied coral groups. Colonies can grow to meters across.
Husbandry: The Pocillopora grow best in strong turbulent water with strong lighting conditions. They grow rapidly and a large tank is required for growth space. This genus tolerates a wider range of environmental conditions than most other corals. Reproduction is adversely affected by temperature changes. They reproduce rapidly both sexually and asexually and are ideal choices for a marine aquarium. Wild-collected colonies often have a number of other species of crabs, shrimp, and miscellaneous invertebrates in their branches.
AKA: Cauliflower Coral, Bird's Nest Coral, Brush Coral, Cluster Coral
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