Once fairly pricey, commercial aquaculture (and perhaps some trading between hobbyists) has made the Spongodes Montipora more affordable. The ORA Spongodes Montipora exhibits a unique growth pattern (if anything, it sort of resembles the Setosa Montipora). This SPS coral builds a heavy encrusting plate formation. As it spreads over the rocky surfaces, thick finger-like projections grow vertically from the crust to capture more light. While the plates and fingers are brown and green–not especially flashy colors–a wonderful combination and contrast between the two hues creates an attractive and unusual display (particularly as the colony grows and expands). Its growing edge may take on a bright purple color under very intense lighting. Make sure that there is always plenty of growing space around the colony so that it never competes with neighboring corals.
The ORA Spongodes Montipora can be placed at all tank heights so long as it receives medium-high light levels and moderate-strong water flow.
See below for more information.
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: Reddish brown with neon green, sometimes with purple growth edge
- Reef-Safe: Yes
- Diet: Zooxanthellate
The Benefits of Farmed Spongodes Montipora
Grown under captive conditions, captive-bred livestock offers several significant advantages over its wild counterparts. It tends to be more disease resistant and harbors fewer pests. It is better capable of handling shipping/acclimation stress and therefore is specially adapted to living in an aquarium. By purchasing captive-bred Spongodes montis, you support the aquaculture of marine organisms and help to make our hobby more sustainable!
100% Alive on Arrival (AoA) Guarantee
We guarantee that every ORA Spongodes Montipora we sell will be Alive On Arrival and in good health. Should it arrive in any other state, we’ll replace it free of charge (including shipping)! In cases where 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.