This is an encrusting Montipora species with a bright blue base and red polyps. Doc likes to add this corals to many custom aquarium installations in areas where most corals cannot grow. Since it is encrusting, growing flat on the surface, it can be placed on vertical reef walls, overflows, backwalls and even return fittings. During aquarium maintenance it is easy to clip or chisel back to the desired area.
Montipora corals are a little easier than acropora and require regular testing for best results. Many Montipora species like the Capricornis species are tabling and can shade the reef below if placed up high. For the shelving types it is best to place them at the lower 1/3 of the tank or even on the floor of the aquarium.
Lighting: medium – strong lighting 150-350 PAR.
Flow: medium – high
Care Level: Easy – intermediate- advanced
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 there are no fluctuations especially with Kh/alkalinity. For more information on dosing and products click here.
Attachment: Use epoxy and reef glue gel. Clip off as much of the plug or disc possible. Add a small amount of coral glue to the underside of the disk. Mix up enough two part epoxy to create a small mound and dab it a few times into the glue to get it tacky then press and mold a conical shape. Add a few small daps to the tip of the cone dabbing the glue so it really sticks to the epoxy. Press the coral disk onto the desired location and press the epoxy flat around the disk. Be sure the coral is fully secure, the coral should never fall off the reef.
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Trouble shooting: Montipora species, particularly the Capricornis strain, will develop fading corals if nutrient levels go to low or there is a lack of elements that help with the corals color. Another big problem is the Montipora eating nudibranchs. It is very important to quarantine Montiporas for a minimum of a few weeks to ensure this pest is not transferred to your display tank. If you do end up with nudibranchs from another source, the easiest and best way to eradicate them is by starvation. Remove all Montipora pieces for 3 months and the nudibranchs will die off. Wrasses are very helpful with eating nudibranchs although the nudibranchs come out at night while fish are sleeping.
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