ORA Orange Setosa
Montipora setosa was quite a hot coral when it first hit the reef aquarium scene and has remained a solid classic due to its many favorable attributes. This orange strain from ORA (cheesily dubbed the ORAnge Setosa) is a real beauty for sure. While it most often is bright orange, it can take on pretty pink tones when kept under very bright lights. It forms big, chaotic, lumpy encrustations that terminate vertically into club-like branches. The overall shape of mature colonies is highly variable, and therefore each is a unique product of the specific aquarium environment it is grown in. The tiny, sparse polyps of the ORAnge Setosa create an unusual texture over the relatively smooth base. Many report that this strain is a slow grower, though some have said otherwise. Either way, it is universally regarded as a hardy and tolerant SPS coral. Its best placement for an ORA Orange Setosa is at the bottom-middle height of the tank with medium–high light levels and low-moderate water flow.
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Size and Care Requirements
- Purchase Size: ~1″ (length)
- Max Size: NA
- Water Parameters: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.2-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
- Color: Orange (sometimes with some pink)
- Reef-Safe: Yes
- Diet: Zooxanthellate
The Benefits of Farmed Orange Setosa
Captive-bred corals always offer huge advantages over wild specimens. Because they are cultured in captivity, they are better adapted to living in an aquarium, tends to be more disease resistant and harbors fewer pests. They are also better capable of handling shipping/acclimation stress! By purchasing captive-bred Montipora, you support the aquaculture of marine livestock and help to make our hobby more sustainable.
100% Alive on Arrival (AoA) Guarantee
We guarantee that every ORA Orange Setosa we sell will be Alive On Arrival and in good health. Should it arrive in any other state, we will replace it free of charge (including shipping)! If the total livestock loss is less than $40, we will issue store credit. For more information, please also visit our 100% Alive On Arrival Guarantee page.