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Acropora

Acropora formosa

(Dana, 1846)

Acropora Formosa

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Widespread.

Natural Environment: Inhabits reef slopes and lagoons and usually seen at depths between 15 - 50 feet (5 - 15 m).

General Husbandry: See Acropora abrolhosensis for suggested aquarium husbandry, except for swifter water movement - WM 3 and brighter light, PAR 450+ for brightly colored cultured specimens.

Taxonomy:

    Kingdom: Animalia

    Phylum: Cnidaria

    Class: Anthozoa

    Subclass: Hexacorallia

    Order: Scleractinia

    Family: Acroporidae

    Genus: Acropora

FYI: Exhibits a branching growth, and mostly brown or tan, yet sometimes blue, with pale branch tips in the wild. A very fast grower in many of my aquariums.

Cultured brightly colored specimens are available; therefore ask under what PAR conditions it was grown in, so you may continue to see it maintain its health/colors!

 Acropora formosa (Acropora Formosa)
Photo © Wayne Shang
Acropora florida Acropora forskali
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