This beautiful goniopora has a vibrant red base color and tentacles with fuschia colored highlights and violet mouths. These corals appreciate regular direct feedings. These are aquacultured pieces, approximately 1″ in size.
Goniopora are closely related to alveopora, the most enigmatic of all Large Polyp Stony (LPS) corals. Alveopora possess twelve tentacles, whereas goniopora have twenty-four. They are commonly referred to as flower pot corals for the appearance of their tentacles that resemble a flower bouquet. This aesthetic also makes them highly desirable. On the other hand, reef aquarium hobbyists have struggled keeping these corals alive for years. Many species of goniopora never seem to make the transition from the wild to our aquariums.
The Flowerpot Coral is often referred to as Daisy Coral, Ball Coral, or Sunflower Coral. All of the flower references are because of its appearance when all of its polyps are opened. Goni’s on the visage of a bouquet of flowers. It is the rounded or ball-shaped variety and should not be confused with its branching relatives. Goniopora & Alveopora are not overly aggressive, but space should still be provided among neighboring corals. The polyps can extend far past its base into the reef aquarium, where it can sting other species of corals.
Lighting and Flow
Being a moderately difficult coral to care for and requires moderate lighting combined with moderate water movement within the aquarium. For continued good health, it will also require the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.
The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae within its body provides most nutrition from the algae’s light driven process of photosynthesis. Goni’s will also benefit from additional food in the form of micro-plankton or brine shrimp. Clownfish will often be found in association with the Flowerpot Coral and play in its polyps if no anemone can be found in the reef aquarium.