Our Pink Birdnest Seriatopora hystrix is a thin branching Seriatopora with bright pink branches and pink polyps. Bird's Nest Corals are a small polyp stony (SPS) coral and they grow into a colony with delicate, thin branches that grow in random directions to resemble the tangle of twigs of a bird's nest. Lower branches of the Seriatopora hystrix colonies tend to grow outward and then curve downward, something we only see with this Seriatapora variety, giving large colonies a “weeping willow” appearance. The Seriatopora genus grow in a branch formation from a slender base. The S. hystrix is often found in protected areas, and has delicate branches that taper into a point. They intertwine into a twisted nest, with the branches fusing together as they touch in certain areas. The branches, depending on the wave action where they come from, can be thin or stout, and can be widely space or compact.
The Pink Birdsnest may also be referred to as a Bird's Nest Coral or a Needle Coral.
Strong water movement is recommended. Porites grow in some of the heaviest flow areas on the reef.
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. T5's, Metal Halides, or LED's can all grow sps when the proper levels are provided. Alter its position in the aquarium depending on the lighting, and provide at least 3 watts per gallon. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.
Prefers Middle to top of reef tank, can be placed in close proximity to other similar peaceful corals in the reef aquarium. Leave room for growth.
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.
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.