The aquacultured ORA® Ant Insignis (Acropora insignis) comes from Ant Atoll, a pristine uninhabited atoll near Pohnpei in the Caroline Islands. It is abundant on the leeward reef flats of the atoll down to about 10 ft in depth. Fragments are cultured in ocean cages at a depth of 10-20 feet in Pohnpei's protected lagoon. Many of the brightly-colored Acroporas will even fluoresce under actinic lighting giving your aquarium a stunning look during sunrise and sunset simulations.
They will thrive in a variety of lighting conditions, ranging from power compacts, T-5s, powerful LEDs and up to the more intense metal halides. The ORA aquacultured corals satisfy the majority of their nutritional requirements by means of photosynthetic, symbiotic zooxanthellae algae hosted within its body. Under the right conditions, the growth rate of the Acropora coral is much more rapid than most of the other corals found in an established reef aquarium.
To maximize their growth rate, 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, these corals can also be cultured and grown into a new colony from living fragments or broken pieces.
Along with lighting and water quality, Acropora corals prefer strong, intermittent water flow within the aquarium. This is best accomplished with a wavemaker and multiple powerheads. Acropora corals receive a majority of their nutritional requirements from photosynthesis, but will benefit from the addition of zooplankton.
The ORA Aquacultured Micronesian Ant Insignis coral is attached to a plastic plug
and can be easily placed in holes or between the rockwork of the reef aquarium.
Approximate Purchase Size:
1" - 2"