overviewThe Secale Acropora Coral in this exquisite color morph boasts brilliant neon green polyps that appear to glow against a sea of purple branches. This eye-catching color combination draws well-deserved attention to the architectural beauty of reef building Acropora corals. The Secale Acropora Coral makes a prized addition in a low-nutrient reef aquarium system or for any collector or reef enthusiast.
There are many different species of Acropora corals with many different growth forms. The most common growth form imported into the country is bushy in appearance with short, compact branches. The branches of this coral will remain relatively short, and will form secondary branches as it grows. Occasionally, other growth forms like table top, bottle brush, staghorn and others will be imported, but are in high demand. If you are interested in these other growth forms, please watch for them in our Diver's Den Section.
The ideal conditions for the Acropora coral is an established reef aquarium with bright lighting provided by preferably intense metal halides. Acropora coral can also thrive under multiple T-5 or compact fluorescent lamps if placed high in the aquarium. Under the right conditions, the growth rate of the Acropora coral is much more rapid than most other corals found in an established reef aquarium.
To maximize the growth rate of your Secale Acropora Coral, it is imperative to maintain a high pH, alkalinity and calcium levels, and to keep phosphate and nitrate levels as close to zero as possible. If conditions are ideal, it can also be cultured and grown into a new colony from living fragments or broken pieces.
In addition to high lighting condition and near pristine water quality, the Secale Acropora Coral prefers strong, intermittent water flow within the aquarium. This is best accomplished with a wavemaker and multiple powerheads. For continued good health, the Secale Acropora Coral requires the addition of calcium, strontium, iodine, magnesium and trace elements.
The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within the Secale Acropora Coral supplies the coral a majority of its nutrition. However, it will benefit from the addition of various types of phyto and zooplankton.
Approximate Purchase Size: Tiny: 1" to 2"; Small: 2" to 3"; Medium: 3" to 4"; Large: 4" to 5"