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Green Star Polyps
Brown Star Polyps
Eight Tentacle Polyps
Origin: South Pacific and Indian Ocean, Red Sea
Kind: Soft Coral
Form: its carpet is purple to red, and its polyps are light brown to metallic green or sometimes even bright yellow.
100 L / 22 imp gal / 26 US gal
T°: 23 à 28°C or 73 to 82°F
pH: 7.5 to 8.5
Density: 1021 to 1028
according to place available
Average to strong
How to feed the Pachyclavularia?
Like many corals, microscopic unicellular algae develop within the colony under the influence of light (zooxanthellae). Coral feeds on its algae.
Note that this species also eats plankton.
Who can live with the Pachyclavularia?
Like many soft corals, this species can be aggressive towards hard corals.
Its very rapid growth and easy growth make it a fairly aggressive coral for other species. Indeed, it will cover without embarrassment the other occupants of the aquarium: algae, corals, small clams, and itself! This extension should therefore be moderated by the aquarist.
Small tip: the Pachyclavularia violacea does not like the sand, the species that will be installed there will be naturally safe from the invasion! For example, you could provide it with a big rock or an arrangement of rocks, surrounded on all sides by sand. The other corals will be installed a little further on other rocks.
How to breed the Pachyclavularia?
You can breed this invertebrate very easily. Indeed, you will not have much to do before seeing your colony spread quickly to occupy part of the scenery (it can grow several inches a year in good conditions).
For cutting, cut a few cm2 or square inch with a cutter or chisel, then install this cut a little further, but always under a good light. This new colony will quickly become established! You can also invite them to expand on rubble that can be easily cut into pieces as needed.
Which aquarium for the Pachyclavularia?
Although it can reach several meters or feet in the wild, the Pachyclavularia violacea will adjust its dimensions according to the volume of your aquarium. For proper maintenance, please always provide a minimum of 100 liters or 22 Imp Gal or 26 US Gal, and enough space around it.
Position your coral in a good current (eliminates litter and contributes to an optimal expansion of polyps) and under intense light preferably (formation of zooxanthellae, see «food»). It does not like sand much, prefer to position it on rocks. It will be encroached and spread there. This coral will be perfect in a reef aquarium.
The Pachyclavularia violacea is perfect to start in the world of the reef: it can be satisfied with a lighting with a fluorescent tube , and supports better than other species the small differences in maintenance (tolerates fairly high nitrate levels).
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It has a sensitivity to some iodine additions.
When you buy your coral, make sure it’s been in the store for about a week and is doing well. This will prevent you from potentially buying sick corals as they may take a few days after shipping to show signs of sickness.
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