Likely Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Western Atlantic Ocean: Southern Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas, and Bonaire.
Natural Environment: Inhabits coral reefs and rocky bottoms from depths between 3 - 40 feet (1 - 12 m) where it forms low growing clumps/mats with columns and can reach heights of about 24 inches (60 cm).
General Husbandry: Occasionally seen in the trade and has an encrusting base with upright columnar growths covered with large wavy polyps.
Requires fairly good water movement and strong light. Occasional feedings with plankton-like foodstuffs is quite beneficial.
Experience Level: Intermediate
Diet: Photosynthetic/Plankton feeder
Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium
Fish Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+
Aquarium Hardiness: Moderate
Calcium (Ca): 380 - 430 mg/l
Alkalinity: 2.5 - 3.0 meq/l
Phosphate (PO4): <0.05 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg): approx. 1350 mg/l (relate to specific gravity)
Strontium (Sr) 8 - 10 mg/l
Temperature Range: 72 - 82°F (22 - 27°C)
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Lighting: PAR 400+
Water Movement: WM 2 - 3
Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025
pH: 8.0 - 8.4
Iodine/Trace Elements Monitor/as necessary to maintain quality seawater.