Red Montipora Capricornis Frag
The Red Montipora Capricornis Frag is a montipora variety which has been inhabiting the reef tanks of aquarists since the earliest days of the hobby. The ‘Red Cap’ is hardy enough to be known as one of the best beginner SPS corals. Montipora are considered to be a fast growing and hardy SPS coral. Montipora go different common names such as the Velvet Finger or Velvet Branch Coral. Chaos Aquaculture’s Red Montipora Capricornis Frags are approximately 1″ in size.
Once the coral is established in your reef tank and with proper reef 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 some very nice eye candy to your reef tank. The more common colors are green, red, orange, purple, and blue. On top of that, the colors all exist in several different shades and some of them have a different color “skin”.
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 will produce its food from tank lighting. Feeding this coral directly is not needed, however you will notice a happier and faster growing coral if you do add some type of coral food to your tank such as Reef Pro Coral Jama.
Because Montipora is a hardy coral, it’s a great option as a beginner coral to try your hand at SPS. Watch this coral particularly for early warning signs that Alkalinity may be getting too low. If Alkalinity is low the Montipora in particular are one of the first corals to have closed polyps or a receding base.