Item number FMC_1443
FMC Montipora purple V
Several branches from this coral are available. These animals differ only slightly in form. You will receive an offshoot similar to the animal depicted in the photo.
General information on Montipora corals:
- Montipora sp.
- Common: stony coral
Bali, Indonesia, Australia
up to 25 cm
75.2 °F - 80.6 °F (24°C - 27°C)
Zooxanthellen / Light
~ 200 Liter
The keeping of small polyp stone corals (SPS = Small Polyp Stoney Coral) is possible with today's technology, such as the use of the Fauna Marin Balling Light method and the Zeolight system without problems.
If you take care of the right current, good lighting and the right water values, a successful keeping of corals with good growth and great colors in the sea water aquarium is feasible.
In contrast to large polyp stony corals (LPS), which usually cope well even with higher nutrient values, small polyp stony corals quickly show a loss of color or stagnating growth. Formerly colorful corals often turn an unsightly brown. This is because the more nutrients there are in the water, the more zooxanthellae the coral forms.
SPS corals love clean and clear water. In order to keep SPS corals almost in their natural colours on a long-term basis, one should strive for the lowest possible phosphate and nitrate value in the aquarium. This can be well controlled with various phosphate adsorbers. The water remains crystal clear when filtered via activated carbon, such as the Fauna Marin Carb L long-term carbon. Phenols, protein compounds, dyes and nettle toxins are filtered out of the water and rendered harmless.
Also the light intensity has effects on the colouring and the growth of the corals. We at Fauna Marin Corals successfully keep our SPS corals under a mix of T5 tubes (50/50 white/blue) in combination with LED lamps.
Important for the care of small polyp stone corals is the constant maintenance of the salinity, as well as the use of a good sea salt, such as the Fauna Marin Professional Sea Salt. The salinity should always be between 34/35 per mille, respectively 1.022 and 1.024 density. A regular check of the density is an absolute must in marine aquaristics.
Pay attention - especially in summer - to the temperature in the aquarium. Small polyp stone corals do not tolerate longer-term exceedances of 30 degrees. If this is the case, the corals fade - this is the so-called Coral Bleaching.