- Stylophora Coral / Stylophora spp.
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
Lighting: Moderate to High
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Color Form: Green, Pink
Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Strontium, Trace Elements
The Stylophora Coral is a small polyp stony (SPS) coral commonly referred to as Cat's Paw, Club Finger, Cluster, Brush, or Bird's Nest Coral. It has rounded branches with blunt ends that differentiate it from other closely related SPS corals. It is a beautiful pink in color, and is able to adapt to many different lighting and water flow regimes in the aquarium.
It is a moderately difficult coral to maintain in the reef aquarium and should only be incorporated into a mature reef aquarium. To bring out its brightest colors, the Stylophora Coral needs strong lighting provided by preferably metal halides, but intense power compact or T-5 fluorescent lighting may be sufficient. For continued good health, it will also require the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.
While it does not require additional food to maintain its health in the reef aquarium, it will feed on micro-plankton or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates in the evening when its polyps are expanded.
3 years ago