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Origin: Pacific Ocean, Red Sea
Kind: Hard coral with long polyps (LPS)
Form: tree-like branches. The general appearance is semi-circular, complete when the polyps are well open and touch each other
Mussidae (Incertae sedis)
200 L / 44 imp gal / 53 US gal
T°: 25 à 26°C or 77 to 79°F
pH: 8.1 to 8.4
Density: 1022 to 1025
1 m / 3.3 feet in diameter
How to feed the Blastomussa?
This coral has a symbiotic relationship with microscopic algae called zooxanthellae which provide it with the necessary nutrients. However, it does not mind capturing a few small prey when the opportunity arises. For example, you can dispense live artemia with a pipette (this will allow you to release them directly onto the polyps that will capture them easily). The contribution of zooplankton/phytoplankton is also appreciated.
Who can live with the Blastomussa?
Although not very aggressive, it is preferable to leave a margin of about ten centimetres around the Blastomussa colony in order to avoid burns between corals.
How to breed the Blastomussa?
Quite easy. Gently separate the skeletal ramifications formed by the colony. Fix them a little further apart (1 every 50 cm2). The growth of the new colony is quite slow but this should not worry you, it is perfectly normal.
Which aquarium for the Blastomussa?
Prefer to install your Blastomussa colony on sand or rocks, at the bottom or in the middle of your aquarium. Lighting and mixing should be moderate. The ideal is to install a single stand every 50 cm2 and leave a space of about 10 cm (4") around the colony.
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Easy to acclimatize and maintain, this coral with multiple color variations is perfect for beginner aquarists!
There are currently 6 species of Blastomussa:
Contrary to what its appearance suggests, this coral does indeed have a calcareous skeleton!
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