Psammocora are one of the more overlooked and uncommonly found SPS species in the reef keeping hobby. Psammocora, affectionately known as Psammy, is a great coral for the beginning aquarist looking for a new species to bridge the gap into keeping acropora in their reef tank. Many Psammocora will bear a solid colored skin and polyps, while several species will have contrasting polyps and skin. The Tangerine Psammy is one of those classic varieties with a tangerine colored skin with similarly colored polyps and mouths. Chaos Aquaculture’s Tangerine Psammocora frag is WYSIWYG averaging 1.5″ in size.
Psammocora are slightly more forgiving of water parameters compared with other SPS corals, such as acropora. Like many of the most beautiful SPS specimens, psammocora are found in Indo-Pacific waters. Psammocora are known to be fast growing encrusters, but as they mature will form uniquely shaped ruffled pillars. Psammys are more docile corals and should be kept a safe distance from more aggressive specimens.
Lighting and Water Flow
Like many SPS coral, psammocoras love light and robust water flow! We generally don’t recommend placing a psammy in high light conditions immediately, but rather acclimating to stronger light over time. A new psammocora addition should be kept in a low-medium light area (30-150 PAR) before moving to stronger light (150+ PAR). A moderate to high water flow will keep these SPS happy!
Psammocora do not need target fed, however, they will benefit from broadcast feeding of tiny phytoplankton or rotifers. A stable system, with correct ionic balance, will provide this SPS more than adequate conditions for accelerated growth. Broad supplementation of magnesium, calcium and alkalinity will ensure the overall health of the coral.