Montipora, from the Acroporidae family, are the second-largest genus of corals with over 200 species. They are a small polyped stony coral with uniquely tiny polyps and corallites that give many of them a fuzzy, velvety look. Montipora coral’s hardiness makes it the best SPS coral for beginners and experienced reef keepers alike. Although hardy in some ways, Montipora are usually mild mannered and if they are crowded by other corals or algae they will be on the losing end, so be sure to give them space!
Montipora capricornis are plating corals that grow upwards in the shape of a vase or bowl with unique growth rings of contrasting colors. With proper water conditions, flow and lighting, Montipora capricornis can grow at a considerably fast rate. As the coral grows it can deplete many essential minerals in your water as it builds its skeletal structure. These minerals need to be replaced through water changes, supplements or through the use of a calcium reactor for the coral to continue to flourish. If all needs are met, your frag will develop into a beautiful shelving coral. Be gentle, they can be fragile!
ORA’s aquacultured Blue Polyp capricornis is fast growing and will form overlapping flattened plates, adding a lovely contrast to other stick-like stony corals. The red-green coral is dotted with electric purple-blue polyps that will glow neon with heavy actinic lighting. This coral should be placed low in the rockwork so that it won’t shade any animals growing underneath its horizontal structure.
CARE LEVEL: Beginner/Intermediate
LIGHTING: High Light
WATERFLOW: Medium Flow
TANK POSITION: Mid to Top of Tank