Micromussa lordhowensis corals, assigned to the genus Micromussa in 2016, are a species of large polyp stony (LPS) coral in the Lobophylliidae Family. The thick-walled, circular corallites of the Micromussa lordhowensis corals appear joined directly to one another by fused walls. The corallites are irregularly shaped and may be arranged singly or in short valleys with continuous walls. The skeleton is covered with folded, fleshy tissue. The Micromussa lordhowensis can be found in shades of red, orange, purple, blue, and green. Micromussa lordhowensis corals are very popular for their beauty and color variations.
When introducing a Micromussa lordhowensis coral into your reef, location is important regarding lighting and waterflow. Micromussa lordhowensis corals can be kept under a variety of light conditions ranging from low to moderate. Lighting that's too high can damage a Micromussa lordhowensis coral. We recommend 50-100 PAR. Keep in mind that most corals can be gradually acclimated to higher or lower lighting than their normal range. We recommend keeping this coral in a low to medium flow area of your reef. High flow could cause the polyps to not fully extend or could cause tears in the fleshy tissue. Lower flow also provides more opportunities for your Micromussa lordhowensis coral to catch a meal.
Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. Micromussa lordhowensis corals benefit from targeted feeding of meaty foods like Mysis shrimp or brine shrimp. To maintain good health, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements should be monitored and added as needed.
When deciding on the best location in your tank, please remember that Micromussa lordhowensis corals are known to sometimes be aggressive. They have long sweeper tentacles that can extend to sting other corals that get too close. Be sure to provide enough personal space for your Micromussa lordhowensis coral to grow and thrive.