Frag is a WYSIWYG Montipora Spongodes. Super cool looking SPS coral that grows out in the shape of hands. This neat branching coral doesn’t grow the thin branches Digitata gets, but instead it’s branches look like chunky hands. A personal favorite and quick grower.
Montipora are one of the most diverse SPS corals. They come in a wide variety of shapes and colors. As for care, they can be sensitive to changes in tank parameters. They are demanding of both high flow and high light for peak health and coloration.
The CA Aquacultured Montipora Spongodes Coral adds outstanding visual interest to the reef aquarium with its vibrant coloration. The CA Aquacultured Spongodes Coral features a unique growth pattern demonstrating both horizontal encrusting plate formation AND vertical growth. Thick fingers project upwards from the plate to give this unique Montipora species an unearthly arboreal appearance. Its primary verdant green coloration intermingled with warm wood tones further enhances its plant-like appearance. Under intense lighting, the new growth on this coral can turn a vibrant purple.
The Spongodes Coral is peaceful and can be placed in close proximity to other similar peaceful corals in the reef aquarium. It is moderately difficult to maintain and should be housed in a mature reef aquarium. They will thrive in a variety of lighting conditions, ranging from power compacts, T-5s, powerful LEDs and up to the more intense metal halides.
The Montipora Spongodes satisfies the majority of its nutritional requirements by means of photosynthetic, symbiotic zooxanthellae algae hosted within its body. The Montipora Spongodes also benefits from additional food fed weekly in the form of micro-plankton or foods designed for filter feeding corals and invertebrates.
Care should be taken as to its position, as this species is basically defenseless against other corals, even those that are not overly aggressive.