|Category: SPS (Small Polyp Stony)
Common Name: ORA ‘Bird of Paradise’ Birdsnest Coral
Scientific Name: Seriatopora caliendrum
Specimen Size: Small frag approximately 1.25″ tall
Origination: RC aquacultured frag
Entry Updated: 2/5/2017
Seriatopora (Birdsnest) corals have similar requirements as Acropora corals but they tend to do OK with less intense lighting and waterflow than Acropora.
Pink Birdsnest prefers brighter lighting than the green varieties and colors will intensify under strong lighting. Brighter lighting tends to give brigher and lighter colors.
Birdsnest corals are some of the easiest SPS to keep.
Like all SPS corals, they receive their main nutrition from receiving adequate lighting and utilizing nutrients in the water that are produced from feeding fish in a well stock tank. They can and will take small filter feeder foods that are offered, but it is generally not necessary to feed them in a typical tank
As is the case with all stony corals, attention needs to be paid to maintaining proper Calcium and Alkalinity levels in the reef tank as noted on the right for proper skeletal development.
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Quick Care Notes
ReefCorner Living Conditions for this specimen:
Lighting: Moderate lighting 10 hrs/day using ReefCorner Captive Reef LED Lighting
PAR: 100-150 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
pH: 8.15 - 8.35
Nitrates, Phosphates, Silicates = 0
General Care Requirements:
Care Level: Easy for SPS experienced hobbyists.
Lighting: Requires more moderate lighting to maintain best color.
Water flow: Moderate to moderately strong alternating current.
Placement: On rock work mid to high 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