|Category: SPS (Small Polyp Stony)
Common Name: Cactus Coral, Potato Chip Coral
Scientific Name: Pavona decussata
Specimen Size: Medium frag approximately 1.25″ across x 1″ tall
Origination: RC aquacultured frag.
Entry Updated: 3/29/2017
Pavona corals have the common names of Cactus coral or Potato Chip coral due to their physical resemblance to those items.
They are typically green or brown in color.
They like moderately strong to strong light and fairly strong intermittent water flow such as from a wave maker.
Polyps are small, but will take small foods typically offered to filter feeders.
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: Moderately strong lighting 10 hrs/day using ReefCorner Captive Reef LED Lighting
PAR: 200-250 PAR measured at coral
Water Flow: Moderately strong non-laminar flow
Food: System fed filter feeder type food 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: Easy for SPS experienced hobbyists.
Lighting: Moderately strong to strong
Water flow: Moderately strong to strong
Placement: Mid to upper level on rock work
Aggressiveness: Low. Has no significant tentacle reach.
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