Pipe Organ Coral
Don’t let the red tubes under those pretty polyps deceive you, this guy is actually a soft coral. Pipe Organ Coral can be found throughout the western Pacific are easy to care for, colorful, and will sway in the current. They are a soft coral, but is often referred to as a hard coral because of its red calcareous skeleton. This frag is WYSIWYG
Pipe Organ Corals of the Genus Tubipora are a unique soft coral in that they grow a network of calcium-based tubes that take on a bright red color. The red tubes resemble pipe organs. Its common names include Organ Pipe Coral, or Daisy Coral. When its polyps are open, it is often confused with the star polyps or clove polyps because of their similar appearance.
These corals do have the advantage over the other similar looking soft corals in that they will not spread across the rocks and crowd out other species. Its behavior is peaceful because it lacks sweeper tentacles, and is safe to place near other peaceful corals. It will require a moderate to high light level combined with a medium to strong water movement within the aquarium. It is fragile, however, so it should not be positioned in currents which could displace or damage it. For continued good health, it will also require the addition of calcium, iodine, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.
The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within its body provides the majority of its nutritional requirements through photosynthesis. It can also be fed additional food such as phyto and zooplankton or baby brine shrimp.
Provide proper lighting and water movement. They do fine under Metal Halides, but beware of algae which can quickly overcome this coral. They can also grow under moderate lighting. They need a moderate, turbulent water flow. One directional water flow is not suggested, as it will stress the coral and not allow for polyp expansion. This is a peaceful species and can be kept with other species that are also peaceful.