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Acropora vermiculata - UC "Key Lime" Aussie Vermiculata -1" Stock Frag

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Acropora vermiculata - UC "Key Lime"  Aussie Vermiculata-  Stock Frag- A beautiful yellowish-green, delicately-branching Aussie species. Colonies are corymbose clumps, and the axial corallites are short and tubular. A distinguishing characteristic of this coral is the radial corallites, which are arranged in a neat rosette, and are scale-like. 


If you like branching Acros, especially our UC Blue Vermiculata, this one is sure to become a favorite for you! It will put out beautiful long branches to form lush, thick colonies over time. When provided with stable environmental conditions (specifically, alkalinity), it’s fast growing, hardy, and super colorful. The bright color really stands out against the more commonly seen blues and greens of most captive Acro specimens. We noticed that the coral took on much richer, full colors when we allowed the phosphates and nitrates in our system to climb to detectible levels. Like many Acros, it doesn’t look as nice in “sterile” conditions. They also like a lot of light, and would not be suitable for a "moderately-illuminated" reef tank. This coral has definitely benefitted from our regular supplementation of Triton “Base Elementz”, which provides a proper, continuous balance of macro and trace elements.


CARE LEVEL:  Intermediate


TEMPERAMENT: Peaceful


PLACEMENT: On Rockwork or Rubble


WATER MOVEMENT: Strong


LIGHTING:  Bright


HUSBANDRY NOTES: We keep these corals about 16" under 400 watt 20,000k Radium metal halides on light movers. They do appreciate regular feedings of fine-sized foods. Upon arrival, this coral may display some color loss. Once acclimated to new conditions, this coral will develop much more intense coloration.


NOTE: You will be purchasing a coral similar to the one in the photo. Because we spend less time photographing and uploading "stock" items, we pass the savings on to you! If they are on the site, they're always ready to ship.  Please choose either a single branching frag or a multi branched specimen similar to the photo.  Thank you!

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The genus Acropora contains some 150-odd species of stony corals. They are one of the major reef-building coral species found in nature. There are numerous growth form variations, ranging from delicate branching specimens, to massive plating varieties.  We always have a great variety on hand.

 Acropora may be quite demanding in terms of their care, requiring good measures of water movement, lighting, and food, not to mention stable environmental parameters. Water movement is perhaps even more important than lighting, as photsynthesis and respiration are strongly correlated with the intensity of water movement.

Lighting is very important to these corals, and is the subject of much debate among reefers. The bottom line: Acropora categorically favor moderately high to very high light intensity. You can achieve this through application of T5, metal halide, or LED lighting technology.

Acropora are surprisingly “hungry” corals, and will maintain optimum coloration, health, and growth. In addition to commercial phytoplankton and zooplankton feeds, these corals benefit from…well- fish waste! By feeding your fishes regularly and heavily, their waste products help supplement the nutritional needs of your Acropora specimens.

To grow healthy colonies of Acropora, it’s important to maintain high water quality in the aquarium. This means a high pH, consistent alkalinity and calcium levels, and barely detectable phosphate and nitrate levels.

Acropora require moderate to high levels of alkalinity and calcium, which can be administered via either 2-part buffer solutions or a calcium reactor. Magnesium is also important to Acropora, and can generally be supplied via frequent water changes with a quality salt mix. If magnesium levels are still low, as indicated by a test kit, it may be supplemented via commercially available products.

 

 

 

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