Red & White Pinwheel Micromussa lordhowensis
Micromussa Coral Care
Micromussa lordhowensis was formely known as Acanthastrea lordhowensis and share the same care requirments as most Acanthastrea. Space should be provided between these corals and their neighbors as that have a powerful sting. Please see below for additional care tips for Micromussa as well as checking out our Top 5 Tips for setting up a reef.
Micromussa are found all over the Indo-Pacific. They are found throughout the islands of the Indopacific including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef. Almost all of the Micromussa we have here at Tidal Gardens is from either Indonesia or Australia.
Micromussa are very responsive to light. So far, we have had success growing them under a variety of lighting conditions, however it is clear that any change in light results in dramatic color differences in the corals themselves. Many corals will adapt their color to the lighting conditions provided, however the extent to which Micromussa can change sets it apart. It is possible for them to turn from a red color to yellow in under 24 hours.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 water movement is recommended for this coral.
Micromussa can be fed a mix of meaty foods such as pieces of krill or mysis shrimp. They are relatively small in size so larger pieces of food are not suitable.
In terms of propagation, Micromussa been successfully fragmented however asexual reproduction in this way is a slow process. Despite their appearance, they are relatively slow growing. This is a shame because they are a very uncommonly imported coral and are not seen for sale too often. Propagation efforts would go a long way in increasing the supply of Micromussa. Take a look at the video below to see more.
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.