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Description
Bubble Coral
(Plerogyra sp.)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Easy
Temperament: Aggressive
Waterflow: Low to Medium
Placement: Bottom
Lighting: Moderate
Color Form: White, Yellow, Pink, Red
Supplements: Calcium, Strontium,Trace Elements
Water Conditions: 72-78° F; sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Family: Caryophylliidae
Species: LPS Hard Corals
Species Information
Bubble Corals are both unique and attractive in their appearance. With both attractive colors and a unique bubble like appearance they provide a stark contrast to many other Indo-Pacific LPS corals. They have a white-ridged hard skeleton that can be seen only when the polyps are deflated. When inflated, the large skin like polyps will cover the entire coral skeleton, giving this species a white, yellowish or pink coloration. Like many other LPS corals, this species posses sweeper tentacles that can harm other near by corals, making it important to think about the position and placement in the aquarium.
Aquarium Care
Bubble Corals require moderate lighting levels combined with low to moderate water flow to flourish in the home aquarium. Too much water flow will prevent the coral from fully expanding its fleshly polyps. These polyps are very fragile and will puncture easily, thus it is very important to handle these corals with the utmost care and only by the hard skeletal base.
Because Bubble Corals have long sweeper tentacles, be sure to place them in a location that will provide plenty of room between themselves and other species to prevent damage being done to its neighbors. As with most corals the Bubble Coral will benefit from the addition of calcium, strontium and other trace elements added periodically to the water.
Feeding & Nutrition
Bubble Corals utilize the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae from which it receives the majority of its nutrition through photosynthesis. They also benefit from occasional feedings of meaty items; such as, brine shrimp or micro-plankton. They should be offered food when the tentacles are fully expanded, which is typically during the night time hours. As with most corals the Bubble Coral will benefit from the addition of calcium, strontium and other trace elements added periodically to the water.
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