Quick Care Facts
• Care Level: Moderate • Temperament: Aggressive • Waterflow: Medium
• Placement: Bottom • Lighting: Moderate to High • Color Form: Tan, Beige, Green, Red
• Supplements: Calcium, Strontium, Trace Elements • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
• Origin: Indo-Pacific • Family: Caryophylliidae • Species: LPS Hard Corals
Native Habitat and Species Information
Frogspawn Coral native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.
The Frogspawn Coral is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral, that goes by many names within the hobby including Wall, Octopus, Grape, or Torch Coral. This coral get its common name from the polyps that resemble frog eggs, thus the name Frogspawn Coral. Frogspawn coral look essentially the same either day or night, as their polyps remain visible despite the lighting conditions. During the night hours, the Frogspawns sweeper tentacles will extend approximately 6 to 8 inches beyond the base of the coral in search of food. It is important not to place other corals within this range so that they are not stung by the Frogspawns tentacles.
How to successfully keep Frogspawn Coral in the home aquarium.
This species is moderately difficult to maintain, but despite this fact, it is a popular coral within the marine aquarium hobby. Under the care of an intermediate to advanced reef aquarist, this species will thrive under the proper conditions. It requires medium to high lighting levels combined with a medium water movement within the aquarium. For continued good health, it will also require the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.
Feeding & Nutrition
How to feed and provide proper nutrition for Frogspawn Coral.
The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within its body provides the majority of its nutritional requirements from photosynthesis. It will also benefit from additional food in the form of micro-plankton or brine shrimp.
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