|Category: SPS (Small Polyp Stony)
Common Name: Green Spongodes
Scientific Name: Montipora spongodes
Specimen Size: Large frag approximately 1.5″ tall
Origination: RC aquacultured frag
Entry Updated: 6/14/2016
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: Fairly strong lighting 10 hrs/day using ReefCorner Captive Reef LED Lighting
PAR: 300-350 PAR measured at coral
Water Flow: Moderately strong alternating flow
Food: System fed 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: Easy for SPS experienced hobbyists.
Lighting: Requires moderately strong to strong lighting.
Waterflow: Moderately strong to strong alternating current.
Placement: On rockwork middle to upper level in the tank.
Aggressiveness: Low. Has short polyp reach, but will need some 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:
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