Reef Aquarium Corals: Red Flower Pot Coral
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Red Flower Pot Coral
Australia, Goniopora Sp.

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Approx Size: Aquacultured: 1/2" to 1" , Small: 1-1/2" to 2-3/4", Medium: 3" to 4", Large: 4-1/4" to 6"

The Red Flowerpot Coral has a bright Red body color. Goniopora are some of the most intensely colored corals on the reef. They are commonly referred to as flower pot corals for the appearance of their tentacles that resemble a flower bouquet. The Red Flower Pot Coral is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral often referred to as Ball, Daisy, or Sunflower Coral. Goniopora have large polyps that can greatly extend themselves, forming long swaying tubes with flower-like tentacles at their tips. They look much like a ball or cluster of potted flowers. Hence the common names like Daisy Coral, Flowerpot Coral, Sunflower Coral, and Ball Coral. Phytoplankton seems to be what 1/2 of their diet consists of. With all of the new plankton cultures that can be purchased, this could be a promising help to beautiful flowerpot's. Clownfish will often host Flowerpot Corals if there is no Anemone available.

Difficulty A hardy and easy to care for coral making it a great beginner coral.

Aggressiveness This is a semi aggressive species. They can sting nearby corals so leave a few inches between Gonioporas and other corals.

Water-flow The Red Goniopora Coral requires moderate water flow.

Lighting The Red Goniopora Coral requires moderate lighting (PAR 150-250). T5's, Metal Halides, or LED's can all grow Red Goniopora Corals when the proper PAR levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.

Tank Recommendations We keep this coral under Eco Tech Radion XR30wPRO LED lights with an intensity of approximately 100 PAR and feed regularly with Polyp Lab Reef Roids and Yeast. A well-feed live rock/reef environment is what is needed for your Goniopora Coral, along with some fish for organic matter production. Make sure they are anchored down well. With their long heavy tentacles, they can "fall" or be dragged into and onto other corals by the water flow.

Diet and Feeding In captivity, they may benefit from liquid nutrients like Marine Snow, Phytoplex, and lipid-rich phytoplankton substitutes. Zooplankton will be accepted, but is not the main food source for them in the wild. Phytoplankton seems to be what 1/2 of their diet consists of. With all of the new plankton cultures that can be purchased, this could be a promising help to keeping them alive. It has been suggested that a tank without protein skimmers, that do not take out suspended matter or plankton, may be a clue to helping with the Goniopora's survival

Reproduction In captivity, propagating Goniopora is fairly easy through fragmenting.

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