Species group: Corals and Polyps
Other common names: Blasto Coral ; Pineapple Coral; Branched Cup Coral, Open Brain Coral Wellsi's Brain, Swollen Brain Coral, Big Pipe Blastomussa
Scientific name: Blastomussa wellsi
The Blastomussa Coral is a slow growing large polyp stony coral (LPS) which is native to waters in Fiji, the Solomon Islands and other areas of the Indo-Pacific.
In nature, the Blastomussa Coral is dark red or green. However, the species widely grown in aquaculture, and this has produced colors such as green, purple, yellow, pink, red and blue.
big variety, neon colors, feeding, actinic lighting watch, nice centerpiece
phosphates, low alkalinity levels
slow growth, low flow, low light, mysis shrimp
Very intense, uses a lot of energy
Metal halides were the go-to lighting fixtures in reef-keeping. They are very bright but give off a lot of heat and require a big ballast to start up. I've had over 15 reef tanks that used MH bulbs. Some aquarists with really deep reef tanks use them but most hobbyists go with modern LED reef lighting. You have to replace them every year because the light quality (spectrum) declines over time. Reef LED fixtures provide enough intensity and the right color spectrum for stony corals. LED lighting uses a fraction of the energy and runs much cooler..
From James 511 days ago