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Pink Tip Stylophora

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The Pink Tip Stylophora has a cream base with pink-tipped polyps. Fast growing and hardy for an SPS. These frags are approximately 1"+.

 Stylophora Coral Care

Stylophora are a branching small polyp stony coral (SPS) from the Family Pocilloporidae. It is commonly referred to as a Cat’s Paw Coral.  They are less commonly seen than most other SPS for sale however they make a great addition to any high light, high flow reef system. Please see below for more care tips for Stylophora as well as checking out our Top 5 Tips for setting up a reef.




 Location

Indo-Pacific - Islands of the Indo-Pacific including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef.



 Lighting

Medium to High lighting tends to bring out the best coloration in Stylophora. They only showed their best coloration when we placed them under intense LED’s.

Low Light

Low light translates to about 30-50 PAR

Medium Light

Medium Light is between 50-150 PAR

High Light

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.

 Water Flow

Strong water movement is recommended. Stylophora are commonly found in the wild in very strong surge zones. As the colony grows, it is important for them to receive plenty of flow to make it into the center part of the coral that might otherwise stagnate.

 Feeding

Here at Tidal Gardens we try to feed most of our corals even when it is not obvious that they are eating. We like to use the cloudy supernate that forms after thawing out frozen food and using a turkey baster to spray it on the Stylophora colonies.



 Propagation

This genus for the most part has been propagated extensively in captivity and is an excellent candidate for aquaculture. Like many other varieties of branching SPS, Stylophora can take on completely different shapes and colors depending on their location on the reef. Larger colonies are optimized for a specific location and may struggle when placed in a new reef tank. It is for this reason we recommend starting with frags of SPS and letting them grow to a particular reef setup rather than starting with large colonies that may experience die-off once introduced in the new aquarium.


 Acclimation

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.

 Photography

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.

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