Looking for some of the best Acropora, Stylophora, Seriatopora, and more? Think of ORA's Aquacultured (also called Captive Grown) Acropora as Baby SPS acro's all sized between 1-1/2 inches and 3 inches and all are mounted on 1/2 inch diameter plugs. ORA corals are well encrusted to the base on which they are grown. They are never sold until they are fully healed and established. All of our ORA Acropora packages contain pure aquacultured specimens, many generations removed from the original wild starter colonies. No tissue or skeleton of the wild specimen remain. When you purchase any of our ORA Captive Grown Acropora Pack's you will have a choice of either 3, 5, 7 or 10 SPS chosen to give you a great variety of both color and species. Conserving our coral reefs AND putting better corals in your reef tank. Order your ORA Captive Grown Acropora Pack today!
Lighting and Water Flow Requirements:
Acropora and other SPS corals require an established reef aquarium with moderate to high water flow and bright lighting (PAR 300-450) to maintain good color. Either T5's, Metal Halides, or LED's can all grow acropora when the proper Light level (PAR level) are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration with a high light level usually from metal halides. Place your Acropora on an exposed rock or ledge in the reef aquarium where it will receive direct flow and light.
Diet and Feeding
Acropora corals take in the majority of their nutritional requirements from photosynthesis, but definitely benefit from bi weekly additions of Algagen Oyster Delight™. Target feeding gets the corals fed using less food while keeping your nitrates and phosphates lower.
Proper calcium levels(420-440 ppm), alkalinity levels(8-9.5 dkh - run it 7-8 if you are carbon dosing) , and magnesium levels (1260-1350 ppm) all need to be maintained. Raise your magnesium levels little by little over a period of time till you reach between 1400-1600 ppm. This helps combat algae outbreaks. The CA and Alk levels will change as you raise your magnesium level so you need to keep both the CA and Alk levels in line as you raise the Mg.. Finaly try to keep nitrates low, below 10 ppm and phosphates below .10 ppm. Best method is through water changes and phosphate media to keep phosphates low.