John Deere Psammocora
Psammocora Coral Care
Psammocora are a relatively uncommon and under appreciated small polyp stony coral. From a distance they have almost a velvet appearance but up close one can see the individual polyps. Pasmmocora are fast growing and tolerant of a wide range of tank conditions. Please see below for more care tips for Psammocora as well as checking out our Top 5 Tips for setting up a reef.
Indo-Pacific - Psammocora have a wide distribution are typically found around the islands of the Indopacific including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef.
Psammocora love light however we have kept them in a wide range of lighting conditions. In practically every case their coloration and growth rate remained remarkably consistent. We recommend keeping them in low to medium light at least initially so they are not immediately shocked with intense light.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 to High water movement is recommended. Like most SPS, Psammocora in high flow appreciate strong water movement.
Here at Tidal Gardens we do not go out of our way to feed Psammocora, but they may benefit from a light dusting of rotifers or phytoplankton.
This genus for the most part has been propagated extensively in captivity and is an excellent candidate for aquaculture. It is reasonable to believe that a sustainable harvest can be achieved in 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.