Light Requirement: Low-Med 100-200
Flow Requirement: Low-Med
Montipora (Montipora sp.) are a group of small polyp stony (SPS) corals that come in an array of bright and contrasting colors, shapes and textures. Different varieties exhibit branching, encrusting, and plating growth and can have bumps, ridges or appear smooth with bright colored polyps. They are native to the Indo-Pacific Oceans and are found around Solomon Islands as well as near Fiji. Place them in an area of the reef tank that gets moderate to high lighting and an area of moderate flow. Once established in the right spot with good water quality, they are fairly hardy and tend to grow well. Another thing to keep in mind when placing them is that they are peaceful corals and should be placed around other peaceful corals that are not inclined to sting. Monti’s have symbiotic zooxanthalle which provide a source of nutrients, but their diets can be supplemented with phytoplankton and zooplankton as well as coral food. As with any coral they should be dipped prior to being added to a tank and their acclimation should occur gradually as they are sensitive to differing water parameters.