Montipora corals are small polyp stony (SPS) corals that belong to the Acroporidae family. With 85 known species of Montipora, there are several different growth morphologies present within the genus. Some colonies exhibit submassive, laminae, foliaceous, encrusting, and branching growth. A single colony may exhibit multiple types of growth. With a variety of body types and growth styles, it isn't surprising that Montipora corals are also found in a wide variety of colors and textures.
Montipora corals require high lighting. We recommend 250-500 PAR depending on the specific species of Montipora. Bear in mind that most corals can be gradually adapted to lighting conditions outside of their normal preferences. Montipora 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. Montipora corals may benefit from broadcast feeding amino acids and zooplankton. To maintain good health, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements should be monitored and added as needed.
When placing your Montipora, please remember that these corals aren't very aggressive and have no real defense against other corals. Be sure to provide enough personal space for your Montipora corals to grow and thrive.