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The Staghorn Acropora Coral is one of the more popular forms of Acropora SPS hard coral. It is typically bushy in appearance with short compact branches.
Staghorn Acropora Corals have some strict requirements when it comes to lighting and waterflow.
The ideal conditions require an established reef aquarium with bright intense lighting provided by preferably metal halides or high end powercompact fluorescent lighting systems.
However, if you are using a compact fluorescent lighting system, you need to place the Coral high in the aquarium.
Strong intermittent water flow is also required for this species to thrive in the reef aquarium, which is usually best achieved through the use of wavemakers or multiple rotating powerheads.
Under the right conditions, this species can grow much more rapidly than most of the other corals found in an established reef aquarium.
Growth consideration should be taken into account when placing this species, so that it does not come into contact with neighboring corals.
Require a high pH, alkalinity and calcium levels, and very low phosphate and nitrate levels to thrive.
If conditions are ideal, it can also be cultured and grown into a new colony from living fragments or broken pieces.
Acropora corals receive the majority of their nutritional requirements from photosynthesis, which makes proper lighting extremely important.
They will also benefit from the additional feedings of various types of phyto and zooplankton or other foods designed for filter feeding corals.
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