Montipora capricornis

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Montipora capricornis - Veron, 1985
Montipora capricornis

Red Montipora capricornis. Vivid Aquariums.

[edit] Overview

This is a great stony coral for both beginners and reef experts. It grows rapidly in good conditions, forming beautiful whorling colonies in various color forms: red, orange, green, and others.

Family: Acroporidae

Other common name(s):

  • Leaf Plate Montipora

Native range:

Habitat: Often found in lagoons. In the aquarium, colonies often do best when placed in the top half of the tank to maximize exposure to light. Be sure that there is sufficient current to prevent detritus or sand from gathering on the surface of the colony. (Weekly flushings with a handheld powerhead pump may be needed to clean the inner crevices.)

Green morph.

Minimum aquarium size: 380 L (100 gal)

Lighting: Bright.

Placement: Top half of tank.

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Excellent reef aquarium species, non-aggressive.

[edit] Special Care

Plates are VERY fragile and often break during transit or handling. All broken pieces, however, immediately become candidates for propagation and will grow into new colonies if affixed, right side up, to hard substrate.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Easily reproduced from fragments

[edit] Notes

Identification of the "leaf-like" Montipora species is a challenge for most aquarists. Several similar species exist, including Montipora florida, from the Tropical Western Atlantic and Caribbean.

Reference: The 101 Best Marine Invertebrates
Image credit: VA
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Montipora capricornisRDF feed
Common name Montipora capricornis  +, and Leaf Plate Montipora  +
Family Acroporidae  +
Genus Montipora  +
Image credit VA  +
Lighting Bright.  +
Minimum aquarium size 100 gal  +
Native range Western Pacific  +
Placement Top half of tank.  +
Reference The 101 Best Marine Invertebrates  +
Specific name capricornis  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +