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Table coral
(Acropora spp.)

Table coral

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Names

Scientific name
Acropora spp.

Common name
Table coral
Elkhorn coral
Staghorn coral

Origin

what are its countries of origin?

Origin: South Pacific, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Caribbean Sea

Kind

quel type de corail ?

Kind: Hard coral with small polyps (SPS)
Form: its branches end in a polyp. This coral can be in the form of a tree or in the form of a tray

Group

group

Acroporidae

Volume

what is the minimum volume for this species?

200 L / 44 imp gal / 53 US gal

Parameters

what are the water parameters for the maintenance of this coral?

T°: 23 à 28°C or 73 to 82°F
pH: 7.8 to 8.5
Density: 1021 to 1028

Difficulty

difficulty

Hard

Size

what is the maximum size of this coral?

1 m / 3.3 feet (width and height)

Brewing

Brewing

Strong

Lighting

what brightness is needed?

Strong

Aggressiveness

Aggressiveness

Low

Food

How to feed the Acropora?

Food

How to feed the Acropora?

Like many corals, the Acropora lives in symbiosis with a micro-algae (zooxanthella) which provides a large part of its food.

In addition, the coral will naturally deploy its polyps to capture zooplankton suspended in the water. Note that this activity is mainly nocturnal in this species. If necessary, do not hesitate to make a complementary contribution in microplanton.

Cohabitation

Who can live with the Acropora?

Cohabitation

Who can live with the Acropora?

There is predation by triggerfish, butterflyfish (Chaetodon) and filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris) on the Acropora. Their cohabitation is therefore impossible.

Acropora can be kept in the same aquarium as soft corals as long as they are not in direct contact with its stinging corals. Activated carbon filtration and a skimmer should also be installed so that there are no urticating particles suspended in the water (which could hinder the development of the Acropora).

The presence of this coral is desirable if you maintain yellow gobies (Gobiodon okinawae). Make sure that the foot is large enough.

Breeding

How to breed the Acropora?

Breeding

How to breed the Acropora?

It's quite easy to multiply this coral. You have the possibility either to recover the shoots at the base of the foot, or to divide it delicately, or by simply separating the colony. Stick the new colony on another rock.

With the right conditions, the colony will grow quickly, giving you beautiful colourful bouquets!

Its aquarium

Which aquarium for the Acropora?

Its aquarium

Which aquarium for the Acropora?

Acropora in aquarium

Install this type of coral rather in the upper part of your aquarium so that it can benefit from a good luminosity, essential for its development (HQI lamp mandatory). It will also be necessary to ensure that it is stirred in a relatively strong current.

Clear and good quality water (unpolluted) is also essential for Acroporas. The chemical parameters must be very stable. The most sensitive parameter is the pH (which must always be higher than 7), so you should check this regularly. A skimmer is also indispensable to filter the organic particles.cut. This can damage tissue and cause infection of the brown jelly.

Good To know

Find all additional information!

Good To know

Find all additional information!

In spite of its success in aquarium keeping (due to its many shapes and colours), Acroporas are quite difficult to maintain. Indeed, they are quite demanding in terms of water quality, light and current. You will therefore need some experience before you start maintaining this coral.

Even if their size in an aquarium may seem impressive to you, be aware that in the wild, Acropora colonies can measure more than 10 meters (33 feet) in diameter!

There are more than 170 different species of Acropora!

Acroporas are building corals: they participate in the creation of coral reefs.

In case of danger or the presence of a predator, the polyps can retreat into the coral.

The branches of the Acropora are short for species living in shallow water and long for deeper species.

Depending on the species, they can be red, pink, blue, purple, orange, yellow, green or brown.

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