Common species: Acropora austera
Common Names: None
Lighting: High. Metal Halide, VHO/PC. Metal Halide is best.
Color: Many colours, most commonly blue or cream.
Water parameters: 72-78F; sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
Feeding: Acropora mostly rely on light for feeding. They will also benefit from meaty foods such as shrimp, plankton, squid and shrimp shopped really small.
Origin: western Pacific, eastern Africa
Propagation: By cutting
Colonies are mostly arborescent, often with highly fused main branches. Main branches often curve away from each other and typically taper. Sub-branches are numerous, irregular in size and also taper. Axial corallites are thick walled but have small openings. Radial corallites are sometimes arranged in rows, are irregular in size, the larger projecting outwards with wide square-shaped openings.
Acroporas require very specific conditions to survive and flourish. They need strong light and good water flow. The water quality should be carefully monitored for Calcium and alkalinity, in addition to the normal parameters of a reef aquarium.