Red Plating Montipora Frags (Montipora capricornis)

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Lighting: Moderate
Water Flow: Moderate
Care Level: Moderate

The Red Montipora capricornis is a variety of small polyp stony (SPS) coral often referred to as Vase Coral. Montipora corals come in a variety of forms and colors, but this variety is a nice red to orange coloration. The Montipora capricornis coral's usual growth form is either plating or vase-like. The growth form is highly dependent on the water flow and lighting in the aquarium.

A wide range of light fixtures ranging from power compacts, VHO, T-5's, to the more intense metal halides can be used for Montipora corals. However, depending on your light fixture, you may need to alter their position in the aquarium to best develop color and form.

In an aquarium lit by metal halides, Montipora Corals should be kept in a mid to low position and under other lighting they should be kept in a mid to high position. To bring out the most intense coloration of this coral, we recommend metal halide lighting. For continued good health, they will require the addition of a two part calcium and buffer supplement to maintain a calcium level of 400-450 ppm and dKH of 8-12. They will benefit from the addition of zooplankton.

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