Montipora Coral

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Montipora Velvet Coral

(Montipora nodosa)

Quick Care FactsCare Level: Moderate

Temperament: Peaceful

Waterflow: Medium

Placement: All

Lighting: Medium

Color Form: Brown, Green, Pink, Purple

Supplements: Calcium, Strontium, Trace Elements

Water Conditions: 72-78º F; sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Origin: Indo-Pacific

Family: Acroporidae

Species: SPS Hard Corals

Species Information

The Montipora Velvet Coral is a small polyp stony (SPS) coral often referred to within the marine aquarium hobby as either Cabbage, Lettuce, Velvet, Rainbow Montipora or Velvet Rock Coral. It is a relatively fast growing coral, and under the right conditions will spread across the rock work in the aquarium. Montipora Encrusting Coral variety is bright purple, which will fluoresce under actinic lighting. This is a very beautiful hard coral that is only moderately difficult to keep and does not require ultra intense lighting or water currents.

Aquarium Care

Within the reef aquarium, the Montipora Encrusting Coral is peaceful and can be placed in close proximity to other similar peaceful corals. Montipora Encrusting Corala are relatively easy to maintain with only modest lighting and water-flow requirements, but should be housed in a mature reef aquarium to provide adequate micro-plankton within the aquarium currents as this is its primary food source. The Montipora Encrusting Coral will require medium lighting combined with a medium water movement within the aquarium. For continued good health, it will also require the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.

Feeding & Nutrition

Montipora Encrusting Coral is a micro-plankton feeder, filtering its food from the passing water currents. In addition to what it can filter from the currents within the aquarium, the Montipora Encrusting Coral should also be fed additional food weekly in the form of micro-plankton foods designed for filter feeding corals and invertebrates.


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