|Category: LPS (Large Polyp Stony)
Common Name: Acan bowerbanki, Bowerbanki
Scientific Name: Homophyllia bowerbanki previously Acanthastrea bowerbanki
Specimen Size: Medium frag approximately 1.25″ across
Origination: TCF aquacultured frag
Entry Updated: 2/15/2017
Commonly referred to as ‘Acan Bowebanki’ these corals have been reclassified to be part of the family now called Homophyllia which includes the popular Scolymia corals. They form small mounds in the aquarium as the polyps multiply. H bowerbanki are not as common in the hobby as the Acan Lords and have larger polyps.
H. bowerbanki are excellent candidates for moderately lit reef aquaria or low to moderately lit areas of reef aquaria with bright lighting.
They do best and will grow quicker if they are target fed meaty foods on occasion at night when their feeding tentacles are extended but it is not a requirement.
As is the case with all stony corals, attention needs to be paid to maintaining proper Calcium and Alkalinity levels in the reef tank for proper skeletal development as noted on the right.
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Quick Care Notes
ReefCorner Living Conditions for this specimen:
Lighting: 10 hrs/day using ReefCorner Captive Reef LED lighting, moderate intensity.
PAR: 75-100 PAR measured at coral
Water Flow: Moderate flow
Food: Feeding system small meaty foods 1-2 times a week.
Temperature: 77 - 80
Specific Gravity: 1.025 - 1.026
Alkalinity: 9-10 dKH
pH: 8.15 - 8.35
Nitrates, Phosphates, Silicates = 0
General Care Requirements:
Care Level: Easy. This is a fairly hardy coral and will adapt to many conditions.
Lighting: Low to moderate
Water flow: Low to moderate
Placement: Low on live rock or sandbed
Aggressiveness: Moderate. Short tentacles extended at night.
Water Parameters: Stony corals require that water quality is kept high and the following parameters are monitored and maintained to within the tolerable bounds:
Specific Gravity: 1.024 - 1.026
Alkalinity: 8dKH - 12dKH
Calcium: 400ppm or above
Magnesium: 1250ppm or above
pH: 8.0 - 8.4
For more care information, go to our Reef Database Entry