|Category: LPS (Large Polyp Stony)
Common Name: Pink Flowerpot Coral
Scientific Name: Goniopora sp
Specimen Size: Medium frag approximately 1″ across.
Origination: UC aquacultured frag
Entry Updated: 2/6/2017
Goniopora come in many different color variations, but are most often found in green, purple, red or blue and often have contrasting oral disc colors. Some species have long polyps that can move rhythmically with the alternating water flow adding a nice since of motion to the aquarium.
Goniopora can be some of the more difficult to care for LPS corals, though many do fine in the home aquarium.
They prefer moderate lighting and moderate water flow which keeps their tentacles gently moving with the current.
Goniopora is not overly aggressive, but some species can have very long tentacle reach, so adequate space must be maintained between itself and neighboring corals. Goniopora can generally touch other Goniopora without incident.
Feeding is usually not required, but they do seem to benefit from occasional feeding of small filter feeder type foods when their tentacles are extended during the day.
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: Moderate intensity 10 hrs/day using ReefCorner Captive Reef LED Lighting, moderate intensity
PAR: 150-200 PAR measured at coral
Water Flow: moderate non-laminar flow
Food: Feeding system small filter feeder foods 2-3 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.
Lighting: Moderate to fairly intense lighting with acclimation.
Water flow: Moderate. No strong directional waterflow
Placement: On sand bed or low on rock work.
Aggressiveness: Moderate. Has very 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