The ORA Marshall Island Green Elkhorn Montipora is predominantly a branching coral with some plating formation. The amount of branching and plating depends on the water flow and lighting.
Due to their rapid growth rates, these corals frequently form large colonies in SPS dominated systems. While montipora species are not known for their powerful nematocysts, they will be able to encroach towards their neighbors. Like all fast-growing corals, it is advised that they are given ample space in the reef tank system.
After Acropora, Montipora is the second most species-rich genus. This genus contains corals with a variety of growth patterns and colors. The Montipora species found in the aquarium hobby are branching, encrusting, or plating varieties.
They have similar care requirements to Acropora but are more forgiving of improper care. Montipora does tend to lose color and recede gradually when exposed to less-than-ideal water chemistry, flow, or lighting. This allows the reef keeper to identify and correct any problems in the reef tank system before losing coral.
Montipora, like many other SPS corals, need a lot of light. ORA Marshall Island Green Elkhorn Montipora cannot directly absorb solar energy. Instead, they have formed a symbiotic relationship with dinoflagellates that inhabit their tissues. These dinoflagellates provide energy to coral via photosynthesis. Coral obtains its growth energy from the byproducts of photosynthetic activity.
ORA Marshall Island Green Elkhorn Montipora, like Acropora and other SPS, can undergo color fading depending on the type of light it receives. Some reef keepers prefer metal halides and T5 fluorescent bulbs, which are less energy-efficient and generate more heat. Hybrid lighting fixtures can combine LED and T5 bulbs to achieve the benefits of both lighting technologies.
They may also consume phytoplankton and other zooplankton in the water column. If your reef tank’s refugium is well-stocked and established, you may not need to go out of your way to feed ORA Marshall Island Green Elkhorn Montipora. A light dusting of EcoPods or OceanMagic Live Phytoplankton will benefit the entire reef aquarium system.
We recommend moderate to vigorous water movement. Reef hobbyists have long kept ORA Marshall Island Green Elkhorn Montipora in high-flow aquariums with great success, just as they do with the majority of SPS. High water velocity assists in removing debris from coral and delivering vital nutrients to coral polyps.
Montipora flourishes in tanks with a strong water current. However, they avoid directing water jets directly at the coral. A too-vigorous water current could cause coral to sustain injuries and bruises, and a direct current could prevent polyps from expanding, resulting in starvation. Additionally, excessive water pressure may dislodge or destroy coral.
Maintaining consistency over time is the most essential aspect of flow. As coral grows, it tends to obstruct the water flow within the aquarium. Be vigilant for eddies that can lead to waste accumulation on corals. Redirect the water flow around the tank, or manually remove waste as it settles.
∙ Purchase Size: ~1″ (length)
∙ Lighting Intensity: 200-450 PAR
∙ Water Parameters: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.2-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
∙ Color: Army green base with olive green polyps
∙ Reef-Safe: Yes
∙ Diet: Zooxanthellate
When corals are grown in captivity, they have several significant advantages over their counterparts that are harvested from the wild. Importantly, these corals are more resistant to disease and have less contact with pests and pathogens. These corals are better able to withstand the stress of shipping and acclimating to a new reef tank system, so they are more suited to life in a reef tank. By selecting ORA Marshall Island Green Elkhorn Montipora, you support the aquaculture of marine livestock and contribute to the sustainability of our hobby.