Pseudocorynactis Coral Care
Goniopora are possibly the most enigmatic of all Large Polyp Stony (LPS) corals. On one hand, Goniopora are some of the most intensely colored corals on the reef. They are commonly referred to as flower pot corals for the appearance of their tentacles that resemble a flower bouquet. This aesthetic also makes them highly desirable. On the other hand, reef aquarium hobbyists have struggled keeping these corals alive for years. Many species of Goniopora never seem to make the transition from the wild to our aquariums. Having said that, there is new found hope in that certain species fare much better in captivity. Please see below for additional care tips for Goniopora as well as checking out our Top 5 Tips for setting up a reef.
Indo-Pacific - Islands of the Indopacific including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef. This variety comes from Indonesia.
The Pseudocorynactis corallimorph is a non-photosynthetic species so it does not require lighting. For best viewing however, we noticed that daylight to 10K brings out the best colors. The Pseudocorynactis does not fluoresce; so heavy actinic light tends to make it less visible.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.
Strong water movement is recommended.
The Pseudocorynactis being non-photosynthetic requires regular feeding. It can put on a spectacular feeding display. It is a very sticky corallimorph that can reach out and grab prey. Once they get larger, they become a risk to other inhabitants in the tank such as crabs, fish, and shrimp. Here at Tidal Gardens, we feed it large pieces of shrimp and silver sides.
This genus for the most part has been propagated extensively in captivity and is an excellent candidate for aquaculture. Originally we had a single large specimen that grew to close to 12” in diameter and we had to cut it down for fear that it would eat tangs in the tank.
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.