Captive Grown Montipora Digitata corals are helping the future of the reef aquarium hobby. All of the Digitata packs contain pure aquacultured specimens, many generations removed from the original wild starter colonies. No tissue or skeleton of the wild specimen remain. All are third, fourth, fifth and even older generations. Montipora Digitata species is a good choice for those hobbyists wanting to make the jump to small-polyp stony (SPS) corals. Their appearance is soft and velvet-like when their polyps are extended. This coral also has very unique growth patterns and comes in a variety of colors, adding some nice coral "Eye Candy" to your reef.
Montipora Digitata for the most part is a branching coral. This means it will encrust a solid base and then begin growing up toward the light. The thickness of the branches seems to be determined by how much flow the coral is getting. To understand if your Montipora Digitata is healthy and happy in your reef tank is to look to see if it has polyp extension and white growth tips. Polyp extension generally indicates that you have good water quality and the coral is happy. The white tips at the end of the coral indicate that it is getting enough light and nutrients to grow. In short, M. digitata is a coral that can be appreciated by beginning and advanced hobbyists.
Propagation of the Montipora Digitata group of corals is handled like many other SPS corals and is very simple. Just grab a branch of the coral and break it off. Once the piece is removed glue it onto a piece of live rock or a frag plug. It's okay to have your coral out of the water for several minutes. Once the glue is dry place your rock back into the tank.
Approximate Size: 2" to 4"
Lighting and Water Flow Requirements:
Montipora Digitata require a moderate to high light level from either T5's, LED's or metal halides. IMPORTANT! Always start your montipora digitata as far as possible from your lighting at the bottom of the tank and possibly to a side. Every 7 days (no sooner), bring the corals slowly first toward the center, then as days go by toward the desired placement is achieved. In this manner you will not harm your new corals by saturating them with too much light. For water flow requirements, you want enough water flow to keep algae and other contaminents off of your coral. This will require at least a medium amount of water flow, but higher flow is even better.
Diet and Feeding
Montipora corals are a photosynthetic coral and do not need to be directly fed. The coral can produce its food from the lights on your tank. Even though feeding this coral directly is not needed, you will notice a happier and faster growing coral if you do add some type of coral food to your tank such as oyster feast or reef chili.
Your Montipora Digitata package will contain the 3 corals listed below. If a coral is unavailable a replacement montipora digitata will be chosen based on availability.
(1) Green Parrot Digitata
(1) Orange Popsicle Digitata
(1) Barney Purple Digitata