Scientific name: Acropora aculeus

Common Names: None

Lighting: High. Metal Halide, VHO/PC. Metal Halide is best.

Aggressiveness: semi-aggressive

Current: Strong

Hardiness: Moderate

Water parameters: 72-78F; sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12

Color: Usually grey or bright blue-green or yellow. Tips of branches may be yellow, lime green, pale blue or brown.

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

Additional information


Colonies are corymbose clumps. Horizontal branches are thin and spreading. Upward-projecting branchlets are fine. Axial and radial corallites are not clearly differentiated at branchlet tips. Radial corallites on branch sides are nariform, with slightly flaring lips.

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.