Carolinian acropora: information and advice onacropore deep water. Price, colors and taxonomy.
Who is looking foreasy acroporato keep in the aquarium, will have to look away -at least for now-fromcarolinian acroporaand from allacropore deep water.
Acropore in the aquarium
TheacroporeI'mhard corals sps(short polyp) and have a typical branched growth, they are abundant in nature but very difficult to collect, ship and acclimatize in a shallow tank. It is generally said that theacroporethey need good light, excellent water movement and are easily reproducible by cutting ... this is almost always true, but not when it comes tocarolinian acroporaand othersacropore deep water.
There are about 350 species ofacroporawith a different range of shapes, sizes, colors and needs. Exact identification can sometimes be difficult even for an expert. In this aquarium I will just talk to you aboutacropora deep waterpar excellence, theCarolinian.
Acropora caroliniana: profile
Let's start with thecardinformation of this coral and even earlier with thetaxonomic classification.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Cnidaria
- Class: Anthozoa
- Subclass: hexacorallia
- Order: Scleractinia
- Family: Acroporidae
- Genus: Acropora
Origins: Indo-Western Pacific Ocean, in particular in the coasts of Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Great Barrier Reef south of the Coral Sea Island.
Habitat: populates slopes at great depths, from 5 to 25 meters deep according to adaptation.
In commerce they are foundCarolian acroporain different colors. In nature, the most abundant are cream colored with pink, blue or purple branch tips. There is no lack of specimens with more vivid colors, with branches tending to green - yellow. In these cases, at the time of purchase it is necessary to ask in what conditions PAR has grown theacroporain order to continue to maintain the same color and the same state of health.
Many will tell you that for corals you don't need to do any acclimatization. On the contrary, this is always necessary! For acropora, I generally recommend that you perform an acclimatization of at least 30 minutes and, during the first few weeks, pay attention to the light. Fromcard:
- Hardness: moderate
- Calcium: 380 - 430 mg / l
- Alkalinity: 2.5 - 3 meq / l
in practice a kh from 7 to 8.4 I know that generally they suggest higher kH levels, but these are the levels found in nature and at which I myself was able to keep it, in complete safety, in the aquarium.
- Magnesium: 1250 mg / l
- Strontium: 8 - 10 mg / l
- Temperatures: 22 - 27 ° C (ideal range 25 - 27)
- pH: 8.0 - 8.4
To maintain the water quality suitable for the sustenance of sps hard corals, I recommend that you keep track of elements such as iodine and potassium (in reality they would be much more numerous!).
We come to the trickiest question:how many liters must be an aquarium to be able to house the deep water acropora?
The size of the aquarium always opens up very heated debates. If you ask a conscientious expert, he will tell you that for sps hard corals you should have a tank of at least 300 liters in order to ensure excellent water movement, high stability and above all areas with varied lighting to dedicate to the various corals.
The reality is this: the larger your aquarium, the more stable it will be. Now you will understand that, in an aquarium of only 100 liters, you may have great difficulty in dosing and maintaining calcium, magnesium and carbonates in balance, especially with the addition of trace mineral supplements (iodine, potassium, strontium, iron ...).
Acropore deep water
The problem of manyacropore deep wateris that they can live at different depths, contrary to what is imagined, they do not necessarily thrive in very deep waters because their adaptability can vary. It is about species thatthey can adapt in deep waterbut that they can live, as I told you forCarolian acroporaeven only 10 meters deep. For this reason, to set up good lighting and choose the optimal position in the aquarium, it will be necessary to inquire about the origin of the acropora in question. Here is the problem: many shopkeepers do not know, in reality, at what depth the animal was collected.
Generally, forCarolian acroporawith more intense colors, moderate lighting is recommended, so it is recommended to place it in the lowest part of the aquarium, in a semi-shaded position and in any case not in direct contact with the light source.
A clearer need for any specimen ofCarolian acroporait is the movement of water. Unlike other acropora such as A. Abrolhosensis, for example, the Caroliana wants a more intense movement of water.
Here's a curiosity: you know that this species has been included in the IUCN Red List among vulnerable species.
Depending on the lighting, the color can belight green, pale blue, cream with pink tips ...Thepriceit is related to size and color. The ramifications of the specimens on the market can have a diameter ranging from 1.7 mm to 3 mm, in nature colonies extended up to 50 cm are observed with 25 mm long and 8 mm diameter branches. It reaches maturity in about 8 years and, unlike the othersacroporeit is not very easy to multiply by cutting due to its slow growth.