Astreopora Coral Care
Astreopora is an often overlooked and rarely collected variety of SPS belonging to the Acroporidae family. Found in both plating as well as encrusting types, this coral can produce some truly awesome color morphs. Astreopora is also known to host various crustaceans such as Paguritta Crabs. Please see below for additional care tips for Astreopora as well as checking out our Top 5 Tips for setting up a reef.
Indo-pacific including Fiji and Tonga.
Low lighting is recommended. Astreopora has the most vibrant coloration when kept in a shaded area.Low Light
Low light translates to about 30-50 PAR
Medium Light is between 50-150 PAR
High Light is anything over 150 PAR
Lighting is a loaded topic, so for a more in-depth discussion of lighting, please see our Deep Dive article.
Moderate movement is recommended. Low water flow tends to lead to detritus building up on the face of the coral.
Astreopora rely heavily on the products of their zooxanthellae. This coral may benefit from the addition of micro foods such as Phytoplankton.
In terms of propagation, this genus has been successfully fragmented and has a quick recovery time.
Proper acclimation is extremely important considering the stress imposed on the animals by the shipping process. Please take a moment to review our Acclimation Guide.
The images were taken with a Canon 5D mk II and 100mm macro lens under T5 Fluorescent lighting. Quite a lot goes into how we go about shooting the corals and anemones you see on Tidal Gardens. For an in-depth look at our methods, check out our comprehensive Reef Aquarium Photography FAQ.