ORAs Yellow Fuzzy Acropora will thrive in a wide range of lighting conditions, including T-5s, LEDs, and metal halides. Most of the nutritional requirements are met by the photosynthetic, symbiotic zooxanthellae algae that inhabit this SPS coral. Under ideal conditions, Acropora corals grow significantly faster than many other SPS corals in a well-established reef tank system. Over 350 Acropora species have been identified worldwide, resulting in an almost infinite variety of colors and structures.
Acropora are the gem of the SPS world. No other genus contains as many species as Acropora, and when reef keepers discuss the requirements for maintaining an SPS system, we are generally referring to the care requirements of Acropora. However, Acropora are one of the most difficult corals to maintain.
Acropora are extremely sensitive to changes in water chemistry and have the highest flow and light requirements. Many experienced hobbyists have had difficulty maintaining Acropora over the long term, but the challenging aspect is also a part of the appeal of Acropora.
ORAs Yellow Fuzzy Acropora can be maintained with T5 fluorescent bulbs but may truly benefit from metal halide lighting or LED. Insufficient or adaptation to new lighting conditions will likely alter its coloration. Acropora may require a longer period of acclimation to intense lighting, such as switching from LED to metal halides.
Acropora are known for undergoing dramatic color changes in response to tank conditions, particularly lighting. It is possible for some colors on Acropora to completely change, such as red sections changing to green. Many times, these color shifts are beneficial and will amplify rainbow colorations in these specimens.
No matter the lighting fixture, a color spectrum between 14K and 20K is optimal for preserving the coloration and health of this Acropora species. Maintaining consistent water conditions is essential for the success of ORAs Yellow Fuzzy Acropora. Calcium (420–440 ppm), alkalinity (8–9.5 dKH), and magnesium levels should be maintained at their current levels (1260–1350 ppm). Phosphates and nitrates should each be below 10 parts per million.
Like many SPS corals, the ORA Yellow Fuzzy Acropora requires greater care than other species. Therefore, this coral may not be the best choice for a beginner reef keeper. It is essential to maintain the water’s parameters as consistently as possible. The importance of chemical stability for the Acropora coral species cannot be overstated!
When deciding where to place ORA’s Yellow Fuzzy Acro, you need to think about how the light and water flow. Gel glue, putty, or both can be used to mount the Acropora frag on a protruding rock or ledge that gets direct flow and light.
Lighting: Medium to high intensity (PAR 350-450)
Flow: Moderate to strong
Parameters: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025, Mg 1260-1350, Nitrates <10ppm, Phosphates, < .10ppm
Calcium: 400-440 ppm
Diet: Zooxanthellate; benefits from regular feedings of OceanMagik Live Phytoplankton
When corals are grown in captivity, they have a number of advantages over wild corals. Moreover, these corals are more disease-resistant and have less contact with pests and pathogens. These corals are better suited to reef tanks because they can withstand the stress of shipping and acclimating to a new reef tank system. By choosing corals such as ORA’s Yellow Fuzzy Acropora, you support the aquaculture of marine livestock and contribute to the long-term viability of our hobby.