The Acropora valida Coral is a compact branching coral available in a striking combination of colors. Like other Acroporas it is hardy and fast growing under a range of conditions. Although this coral will thrive under moderate lighting, higher intensity lighting should be used to obtain the best coloration. However, photoacclimating the Acropora Coral to very strong lighting should be done slowly to avoid losing its vivid coloration. The coloration of the tips intensify when the growth of the coral is at its greatest. This beautiful species that will add a variety of color to your reef aquarium.
There are many different species of Acropora corals with many different growth forms. The most common growth form imported into the country is bushy in appearance with short, compact branches. The branches of this coral will remain relatively short, and will form secondary branches as it grows. Occasionally, other growth forms like table top, bottle brush, staghorn and others will be imported, but are in high demand. If you are interested in these other growth forms, please watch for them in our Diver's Den Section.
The ideal conditions for the Acropora coral is an established reef aquarium with bright lighting provided by preferably intense metal halides. They can also thrive under multiple T-5 or compact fluorescents if placed high in the aquarium. Under the right conditions, the growth rate of the Acropora coral is much more rapid than most of the other corals found in an established reef aquarium.
To maximize their growth rate, it is imperative to maintain a high pH, alkalinity and calcium levels, and to keep phosphate and nitrate levels as close to zero as possible. If conditions are ideal, it can also be cultured and grown into a new colony from living fragments or broken pieces.
Along with lighting and water quality, Acropora corals prefer strong, intermittent water flow within the aquarium. This is best accomplished with a wavemaker and multiple powerheads.
Acropora corals receive a majority of their nutritional requirements from photosynthesis, but will benefit from the addition of various types of phyto and zooplankton.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3"