Mystic Sunset Montipora
The Mystic Sunset Montipora is a variety which has been aquacultured for several years in the Chaos display tanks. This hardy montipora variety has a bright pink base color with tons of luminous, neon blue-violet polyps. Mystic Sunset Montipora are considered to be a fast growing and hardy SPS coral. Montipora go by a couple different common names such as the Velvet Finger or Velvet Branch Coral. Chaos Aquaculture’s Mystic Sunset Montipora are sold as 1″-1.5″ frags.
Once the coral is established in your reef tank and with proper husbandry, this coral can take off in growth. Montipora corals can grow in very unique growth patterns. They come in a variety of colors adding beautiful texture and color to the reef. The more common colors are green, red (sometimes called orange), purple, and blue.
Montipora coral requires moderate to high water flow and moderate to bright lighting (PAR 250-450) to maintain its color. T5’s, Metal Halides, or LED’s can all grow montipora corals when the proper PAR levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.
Montipora corals are a photosynthetic coral and do not need to be directly fed. The coral can produce its food from the lights on your tank. Feeding this coral directly is not needed.
Because Montipora is a hardy coral as far as SPS corals go, it’s a great option for beginners getting their feet wet with SPS. Watch this coral particularly for early warning signs that Alkalinity may be getting too low. If Alkalinity is low, Montipora in particular are one of the first corals to have closed polyps or a receding base.