Staghorn Corals

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Acropora spp. - Oken, 1815
Staghorn Corals

Specimens sold as A. formosa or A. yongei may be good “first” acroporids. Janine Cairns-Michael

[edit] Overview

Beginning Acropora keepers are well-advised to start with fragments from other aquarists or small, captive-propagated colonies rather than colonies from the wild. "Aquacultured corals" have undergone physiological adaptation to captivity and survive far better than wild-caught individuals.

Family: Acroporidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Maximum length: 300 cm (118 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 380 L (100 gal)

Lighting: Bright lighting is essential.

Placement: In full bright light.

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

[edit] Feeding

Zooxanthellate; need microplankton or small particulate organic matter for best growth.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Good reef aquarium animals for mature tanks. Will grow too large for small tanks.

[edit] Special Care

Maintain calcium concentrations at or near 450 ppm. Maintain alkalinity at 3.2 to 4.5 meq/L (9 to 12 dKH). Maintain phosphate at undetectable levels. The aquarium system must be "mature" (stable for at least a year).

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

In nature, they propagate by fragmentation, resulting in acres of staghorn thickets that are all clones of one individual. This reproductive mode has facilitated their captive propagation and sale as “aquacultured corals.”

[edit] Notes

Many of these corals will show different growth forms in different aquariums.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates
Image credit: JCM
Text credit: RLS
Facts about Staghorn CoralsRDF feed
Common name Staghorn Corals  +
Family Acroporidae  +
Genus Acropora  +
Image credit JCM  +
Lighting Bright lighting is essential.  +
Maximum length 118 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 100 gal  +
Native range Indo-Pacific  +
Placement In full bright light.  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates  +
Specific name spp.  +
Text credit RLS  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +