Lordhowensis corals are now in the genus Micromussa, This species has a red polyp with a ring of blue some stripes and another white and purple blue ring around the central oral area. We acquired this Acan, whoops micromussa since around 2012 from a MASVC frag swap and have been growing it out ever since. We like to add Micromussa lords to all our reef aquarium designs on reef walls and in vertical areas with ledges where other corals cannot be placed. They will encrust onto the reef and grow.
Lighting: medium low – medium lighting 100-250 PAR.
Flow: low to medium
Care Level: Easy – intermediate
Original Location Range: Indonesia, Coral Triangle, South Pacific
Grown in our California coral farm where we provide zero impact corals
Water chemistry: Calcium 400-450, Magnesium 1350, KH 7-9.5, pH 8.1-8.4, Nitrates .01-10, Phosphates .01-.1 salinity 1.026
Temperature Range: 74- 81 Fahrenheit
Dosing: Doc highly recommends automated dosing of Ca, Kh and other elements to provide ultimate stable water chemistry throughout the day. It is important fluctuations are minimal especially with Kh/alkalinity. For more information on dosing and products click here.
Placement recommendations: There are a few good areas to place these corals. Try an area like and edge in front so the coral can encrust onto the reef. Keep a safe distance from other corals so it does not harm or get harmed by other corals. This coral is good to grow in vertical areas where others cannot. Another great location is on an island on the sand up close to the glass for optimal viewing. It will never grow out into the glass.
Attachment: Use disposable gloves, a small flathead sculpting tool, coral glue and coral clippers. In many of our custom aquarium builds we like to use coral glue. It is recommended to try and break off as much of the disk safe enough not to damage the skeletal branch or underside of the coral. We do this by using coral bone cutters. Add a good amount of coral glue to the underside of the coral branch. Prime the reef area you wish to place the coral by smearing the glue onto the rock. Press the coral disk onto the desired location. It does help to slightly twist, tilt back and forth the coral to help cure the glue. Press it down firmly and use your favorite sculpting tool to clean up and smooth out the excess glue. Be sure the coral is fully secure, the coral should never fall off the reef. Most frags will grow quite large so be a little generous with the glue to withstand the weight of the future coral colony growth. We find it helps using only the extra thick reef glue gel. Be sure to rub a little reef glue onto the reef section and there is enough reef glue on the coral plug to set it securely.
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