Acropora corals are small polyp stony (SPS) corals that belong to the Acroporidae family. There are over 149 known species of Acropora, making it the largest genus of corals. Depending on the species, Acropora corals may grow as plates or as branches. Found mostly in shades of green and brown, some Acropora species can be found in vibrant colors.
Acropora corals require high lighting. We recommend 250-600 PAR depending on the specific species of Acropora. Bear in mind that most corals can be gradually adapted to lighting conditions outside of their normal preferences. Acropora corals also prefer moderately strong water flow in which the flow path is alternating. Please note, these corals are very sensitive to changes in water parameters. Any changes you implement must be gradual.
Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. Acropora corals may benefit from targeted feeding with rotifers and vitamins. To maintain good health, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements should be monitored and added as needed.
Be sure to provide enough personal space for your Acropora corals to grow and thrive. Acropora corals CAN sting each other but typically only if they are allowed to touch.