SPS Coral – Acropora formosa (muricata)
Scientific name: Acropora formosa
Common Names: None
Lighting: High. Metal Halide, VHO/PC. Metal Halide is best.
Color: Usually cream, brown or blue, generally with pale branch ends.
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, indian ocean, eastern africa
Propagation: By cutting
Colonies are arborescent, with cylindrical branches. They usually form thickets and may form single species stands over 10 metres across. In shallow water branches are short and compact, while in deeper water colonies have more open branches. Axial corallites are exsert. Radial corallites are tubular. They may be similar or varied in size, and uniformly or irregularly distributed.
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.