Pectinia Coral Care
Pectinia, or Antler coral, grow in a combination of pillar and plating structures. This unique growth pattern gives this coral a very elegant look. In the past only drab colored specimens made it into the marketplace. Today many colorful varieties are available. Please see below for additional care tips for Pectinia as well as checking out our Top 5 Tips for setting up a reef.
Islands of the Indo-Pacific including Fiji, Tonga, and Solomon Islands.
Low to moderate lighting is recommended. Pectinia seem to do best under lower lighting.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.
Low to moderate water movement is recommended. Enough flow must be provided to avoid sediment from building up in the depressions of the coral.
Pectinia relies heavily on the products of their zooxanthellae. This coral may benefit from the addition of phytoplankton and other small morsels as a food source.
In terms of propagation, this genus has been successfully fragmented. The varieties with more pronounced sharp ridges tend to propagate poorly in our experience.
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.