ORA Purple Plasma Acropora Coral
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ORA Purple Plasma Acropora,
Aquacultured by ORA®

Picture of ORA Purple Plasma Acropora, Aquacultured by ORA®
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"

Description: The ORA Purple Plasma (Acropora horrida), is a thin branching Acropora with staghorn coral shape. It can form these long, elegant branches that really can make a reef tank look like a reef! Found typically in the Great Barrier Reef, this coral forms large, bushy, open-branched colonies in the wild. It has a dramatic purple background color and contrasting green or yellow corallites and bright green polyps. The polyps are always well-extended and new growth appears white to baby blue. It's an excellent hardy species,the frags tend to put down a decent amount of encrusting tissue at the base, heal rapidly, and then just go right to work getting fat and throwing off little branches. It does very well under typical SPS reef conditions, favoring stable alkalinity and low but detectible phosphate and nitrate levels. It loves to feed, as evidenced by the polyps. If you are patient, and provide bright lighting and strong water movement, this is one of those great Acropora corals that's perfect for a nice reef tank.

One very important point to consider when purchasing all our aquacultured SPS corals is that they are not just mounted frags. Think of our captive grown (also called Aquacultured) Acropora as Baby SPS acro's mounted on 1/2 inch diameter plugs. All our aquacultured acropora for sale have been raised in captivity for at least 3 or 4 generations. This makes these harvested corals hardier than their wild cousins. Being fully encrusted, allows them to ship better with less stress when compared to fragile and newly fragmented counterparts.

Difficulty Difficult

Aggressiveness Peaceful

Water-flow This coral requires moderate to strong water flow

Lighting Prefers medium to high lighting levels. T5's, Metal Halides, or LED's can all grow sps when the proper levels are provided. Place in the top portion of the aquarium. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.

Placement As for placement, this coral can do really well in the middle as well as the top part of a tank. This depends on the lighting and flow. After the given proper time in the middle of the reef tank for acclimation, adjust placement by the results you are seeing. Can be placed in close proximity to other similar peaceful corals in the reef aquarium. Remember this coral can grow big over time so give it room to grow and branch out.

Diet and Feeding All your SPS corals will be happier when they are fed. The mouth sizes for each polyp is relative to the body size of the polyp and this size will more or less determine the particle size a coral can eat. We have found that even the smallest of SPS polyps, even Anacropora will accept food. There are several coral foods available to the aquarium hobbyist and we generally mix up a few with varying particle sizes and target feed this to all of our corals. We've had success feeding all our corals and find our Echinophyllia (chalice corals) Montiporas, Acroporas especially A. millepora among others respond well to feeding. When you are feeding your corals you will want to turn off the flow in your tank and gently target each coral. We like to feed our corals at the end of the day when the lights are still on their daytime light setting. You can even try broadcasting some food in the tank before you target feed as a "dinner bell" for your corals, or try polyp lab reef booster as a way to prepare your corals to feed. We recommend feeding your corals several times per week. After a few days of feeding your corals should be responding quicker to your dinner bell and looking all and all more vibrant. Some of the benefits we have noticed after 2-3 week included more polyp extension, puffier body tissue, more colourful, increased growth (compared to unfed corals). Excellent SPS Cora food include Phyto Feast, Oyster Feast, Roti Feast, Phyto Plankton, Zoo Plankton, Marine Snow, Coral Frenzy, Cyclops. We also always recommend target feeding since it gets the corals fed using less food while keeping your nitrates and phosphates lower.

Water Chemistry It is important that the proper calcium (420-440 ppm), alkalinity (8-9.5 dkh - run it 7-8 if you are carbon dosing) , and magnesium levels (1260-1350 ppm) are all maintained. Raising magnesium levels gradually up to 1400-1600 ppm is a great help in combating algae outbreaks, just keep Calcium and alkalinity levels where they should be as you raise the Magnesium level. Try to keep Nitrate levels below 10 ppm, Phosphate levels below .10 ppm. We recommend doing frequent water changes to keep Nitrate levels below 10 ppm. If Phosphate numbers are above the .10 ppm level, change your phosphate control media. To make the most efficient use of your phosphate media, we recommend the use of a media reactor.

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Photos are representative of each species. All marine life will be unique and variations should be expected, color and sizes may vary.
*Guarantee Restriction: All of our livestock are guaranteed. However for one or more of these species, they may be marked with a guarantee restriction. If it does, it means the specific animal may not handle stress from environmental conditions well. These stresses can include poor water quality, harassment from tank mates or confined aquarium conditions. When stressed, these species can lose the ability to ward off infection and disease. Other species may be listed as Restricted because they have such specialized feeding requirements that is difficult recreate in a aquarium and may succumb to malnutrition.