Species group: Corals and Polyps
Other common names: Cluster coral, Lace coral, Brush coral
Scientific name: Pocillopora damicornis
An excellent beginner SPS coral that will tolerate a wide variety of flow and water conditions. They have an attractive fuzzy appearance and bright colours that make them a moderately popular choice for aquarists. It is a very common coral in the wild where the clusters may reach up to 10 feet across. It can be a fast-growing species once acclimated. They are also relatively hardy for an SPS coral and will grow very quickly in the right conditions – usually at a higher temperature than suggested if suitable for tankmates. Feeding of micro-foods and micro-planktons should be conducted at night with a coral or filter feeder food. Very small particles are required. If kept in proper conditions these corals are relatively east to “frag”, or cultured by breaking a living part of the coral off to form a new coral.
Growth: Moderate - Fast. Green, brown, pink, red, orange
Should not be placed near other aggressive or peaceful corals. They do have sweeper tentacles about one inch long that they will use to sting nearby corals.Semi Aggressive
Keeping clean water free of phosphates and nitrates, with high and stable pH and calcium levels is the key to successfully keeping SPS corals such as cluster coral. A steady alkalinity with a calcium level no lower than 400 ppm should be maintained and calcium, strontium and generalized trace elements should be seeded into the water as directed for continued health.
Lighting: High – Very High
Specific Gravity: 1.024 – 1.028
Calcium: 400 - 450 ppm
Feeding: Weekly feeds