|Category: SPS (Small Polyp Stony)
Common Name: Green Pocillopora
Scientific Name: Pocillopora damicornis
Specimen Size: Large frag approximately 1.25″ tall x 1.5″ across
Origination: TCF aquacultured frag
Entry Updated: 4/9/2017
Pocillopora corals are one of the easiest to maintain SPS corals and can grow rapidly in an established reef aquarium.
They require medium to strong lighting which can be achieved with most LED, T5, Power Compact or Metal Halide lighting systems.
Water flow should be moderate to fairly strong.
Growth can be quite rapid under good conditions. P. damicornus are one of the few SPS corals that will occasionally spawn in the home reef tank and spontaneously form new colonies.
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: 250-300 PAR measured at coral
Water Flow: Moderately strong alternating flow
Food: Feeding system filter feeder foods fed 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: Moderate to strong lighting.
Water flow: Moderate to strong alternating current.
Placement: On rock work 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