|Category: LPS (Large Polyp Stony)
Common Name: Flowerpot Coral
Scientific Name: Goniopora sp
Specimen Size: XL frag approximately 4″ across with tentacles extended
Origination: RC aquacultured frag
Entry Updated: 5/14/2017
Goniopora come in different shapes and colors. Some have round skeletons and others are branching or encrusting. Polyp length can be extremely short and barely noticeable to extremely long at over 6″. Colors are commonly shades of green, red, purple or brown.
Long-term success with Goniopora can be difficult, though some hobbyists have maintained colonies in good health for many years. While they are primarily photosynthetic, supplemental nutrition provided in the form of very small filter feeder type foods may be important to their long-term success. At RC, we feed our Goniopora twice a week with Reef-Roids, Reef Chili, Oyster eggs and similar type foods.
In general the Red and Purple colored Goniopora tend to be the most hardy.
As with all stony corals, attention must be paid to maintaining proper calcium and alkalinity levels as shown on the right.
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Quick Care Notes
ReefCorner Living Conditions for this specimen:
Lighting: Moderate 10 hrs/day using ReefCorner Captive Reef LED Lighting, moderate intensity
PAR: 100-150 PAR measured at coral
Water Flow: moderate non-laminar flow
Food: Feeding system filter feeder foods 1-2 times weekly.
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: Intermediate to difficult. Long-term success with Goniopora can be difficult, though some hobbyists have maintained colonies in good health for years. Recommended for the more experienced hobbyist.
Water flow: Moderate. No strong directional water flow
Placement: On sand bed or low on rock work.
Aggressiveness: Moderate. Has long polyp/tentacle reach, but no strong stinging capability.
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