Montipora Capricornis – UC Red Cap Frag – WYSIWYG 7

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This is a frag of M. capricornis with the common name ‘UC Red Cap’.  The color is a nice orange red with lighter growth edges.  The color can vary towards more orange or more red depending on tank conditions.
Growth form is plating and it will grow in outwards growing plates or upwards in whorls.
This is one of the easier SPS corals to keep and will do well in most reef tanks with good lighting and water flow and grows fairly rapidly.  They often become the center piece of tanks as they grow larger.

   AIMS Coral Database Fact Sheet


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Product Description

Category:  SPS (Small Polyp Stony)
Common Name:
  UC Red Cap Coral
Scientific Name:  Montipora capricornis
Specimen Size:  Medium frag approximately 1.25″ across
Origination: UC aquacultured frag
Entry Updated:  2/28/2017


Montipora corals are similar to acropora in their care requirements, but are generally more tolerant of or may require less light intensity and lower water flow than their acropora counterparts.

Most require moderately strong to strong lighting which can be achieved with T-5, LED or Metal Halide lighting.

Water flow must be moderate to fairly strong depending on the species.

As with all stony corals; calcium, alkalinity and magnesium levels should be monitored and maintained at proper levels for the long-term health of this specimen. In addition, nitrates and phosphates should be kept low to optimize coloration of the coral.

Montipora corals generally do best in tanks that house primarily SPS and LPS corals. They do not do well with toxins that can be released by many soft corals, therefore the number of soft corals kept in SPS tanks should be kept fairly low.

Montipora corals can subsist on adequate lighting, water motion and good water chemistry alone if they are housed in a tank with a fair number of well fed fish, but they can also benefit from occasional feedings of small zooplankton foods. At RC, we do twice weekly feedings consisting of a mix of oyster eggs, Reef-Roids, Reef Chili, frozen Cyclopeeze and live newly hatched brine shrimp.
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Quick Care Notes

ReefCorner Living Conditions for this specimen:

Lighting:  Moderately strong lighting 10 hrs/day using ReefCorner Captive Reef LED Lighting
PAR:  350-400 PAR measured at coral
Water Flow: Moderately strong alternating flow
Food:  Feeding system filter feeder foods 1-2 times weekly
Temperature: 77 - 80
Specific Gravity:  1.025 - 1.026
Alkalinity: 9-10 dKH
Calcium:  450-460ppm
Magnesium: 1320-1400ppm
pH: 8.15 - 8.35
Nitrates, Phosphates, Silicates = 0

General Care Requirements:

Care Level: Easy for SPS experienced hobbyists.
Lighting:  Moderately strong to strong with careful acclimation
Water flow: Moderately strong to strong alternating.
Placement: On the rock work.  Caps grows in outward plates or whorls which can grow to be quite large, so adequate space should be provided for growth.  As it grows it may shade corals that are growing beneath it.
Aggressiveness: Moderate. Has short polyp reach, but will need quite a bit of room for growth.
Water Parameters:  Stony corals require that water quality is kept high and the following parameters are monitored and maintained to within the tolerable bounds:
Temperature: 76-82
Specific Gravity: 1.024 - 1.026
Alkalinity: 8dKH - 12dKH
Calcium: 400ppm or above
Magnesium: 1250ppm or above
pH: 8.0 - 8.4
Nitrates: <5ppm

For more care information, go to our Reef Database Entry