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Birdsnest Coral
(Seriatopora hystrix)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Difficult
Temperament: Peaceful
Waterflow: Medium
Placement: Middle to Top
Lighting: High
Color Form: Pink, Purple
Supplements: Calcium, Trace Elements
Water Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
Origin: Indo-Pacifc
Family: Pocilloporidae
Species: SPS Hard Corals
Species Information
The Birdsnest Coral is also commonly referred to by many names within the reef aquarium hobby including: Seriatopora Bird's Nest, Needle, Finger, and Brush Coral. The Birdsnest Coral is a small polyp stony (SPS) coral with very delicate, thin branches with needle-like tips and is found in a variety of shades of pink. This species is very delicate, but offers a very attractive coral that has diverse shapes and bright coloration. The Birdsnest Coral should only be kept by advanced reef hobbyists with established reef tank systems.
Aquarium Care
The Birdsnest Coral requires both strong lighting and moderate water current to maintain proper health and bright coloration. When kept under the right conditions, the Birdsnest Coral can grow quickly and obtain a variety of different shapes. It is important to place this species within the aquarium to allow for its growth and still provide it with the strong lighting and moderate water flow that it needs to thrive. For continued good health, it will also require the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.
Feeding & Nutrition
When kept in an established reef aquarium with proper lighting, water chemistry and movement, the Birdsnest Coral will not require additional feeding. However, it will feed on micro-plankton and foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates.
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