Porites, Yellow (Porites sp.)
Family: Poritidae (Stony Corals)
Habitat: Shallow reef areas, 10 to 45 feet deep, with high water flow.
Light: High Water Flow: High Space: 10+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Likely phytoplankton and zooplankton.
Natural History: Porites corals are can reach massive proportions on reefs. They form branches, crusts, sheets, and coral heads. They are the oldest living corals, with identified individuals reaching over 3500 years of age. Their skeletons are generally lightweight and porous. Species identification is difficult because their growth pattern is determined by the environment. Colors include pale pink, purple, yellow, green, and blue. Some species are associated with Christmas Tree Worms (Spirobranchus giganteus living in tunnels in their skeletons. They shed their outer skin to rid themselves of debris.
Husbandry: It is agreed that Porites corals generally need high light and water flow, which makes them a bit more difficult to care for than some of their relatives. If the conditions are correct, this coral is considered very durable. This coral genus is generally submissive and will be damaged by sweeper tentacle contact from other corals. They tend to be long-lived and recover after distress, provided growth conditions are correct.
AKA: Finger Coral, Jeweled Coral, Christmas Tree Worm Rock, Boulder Coral, Plating Jewel Coral
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