Likely Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Red Sea to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and south to the Great Barrier Reef, Fiji and Samoa.
Natural Environment: Inhabits reef environments protected from strong wave action and often seen at depths between 10 to 50 feet (3 - 15 m) where it forms massive colonies, sometimes over 3 feet (1 m) in width.
General Husbandry: Occasionally seen in the trade, with colors varying, yet green being the most prevalent. A highly aggressive species!
Placement should not be within 6 - 8 inches (15 - 20 cm) of another coral. After the lights go out it extends many long sweepers that can kill or severely sting any animal close by/downstream. During the day, the tentacles of each polyp are about three-eighths of an inch long and are tipped with white.
Prefers medium light, moderate water movement, will not tolerate hair algae, and benefits from occasional feedings of zooplankton, such as enriched adult/baby brine shrimp, with two feedings per week sufficing.
FYI: Stinging sweeper tentacles can exceed 10 inches (25 cm).
Experience Level: Intermediate
Diet: Photosynthetic/Plankton feeder
Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium
Coral Safe: With caution
Fish Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+
Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy
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 250 - 400
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.