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Family Tubiporidae

Tubipora musica

Linnaeus, 1758

Organ Pipe Coral

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Throughout the Red Sea, Maldives and Africa's East Coast to Indonesia, north to Southern Japan, south to Marshall Islands, Western Australia, Great Barrier Reef, and New Caledonia.

Natural Environment: Inhabits upper reef slopes and seen at depths between 10 to 50 feet (3 - 15 m).

General Husbandry: Seems to prefer moderate light, and occasional swift water movement.

Even though a photosynthetic species, several weekly feedings with plankton-like foodstuffs are quite beneficial.


    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Cnidaria

    Class: Anthozoa

    Subclass: Octocorallia

    Order: Anlcyonacea

    Suborder: Stolonifera

    Family: Tubiporidae

    Genus: Tubipora

FYI: Susceptible to bristle worms damage.

Used extensively in the jewelry trade.

Experience Level: Intermediate

Diet: Photosynthetic/Plankton feeder

Temperament: Peaceful

Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium

Coral Safe:Yes

Fish Safe: Yes

Invertebrate Safe: Yes

Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+

Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately difficult

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 350+

Water Movement: WM 1 - 2

Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025

pH: 8.0 - 8.4

Iodine/Trace Elements Monitor/as necessary to maintain quality seawater.

 Tubipora musica (Organ Pipe Coral)
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