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Alveopora - Frag
Alveopora catalai
Alveopora - Frag
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Size: 1 inch +
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Mildly aggressive if place near other corals
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Medium lighting, marine snow and plankton
Origin: Indonesia
Acclimation Time: Temperature Acclimate
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
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The Alveopora Frag forms branching colonies with polyps with 12 tentacles. It is fairly delicate and may do well in a fairly nutrient rich reef tank. The Alveopora Frag does not need intense lighting but moderate, along with moderate water motion to maintain their natural habitat conditions. It thrives well in a temperature range of 78 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The Alveopora Frag is not that aggressive in nature and hence does well with other tank mates. It is photosynthetic in nature and manufactures its own food using light energy, and will not take offered food. Instead, the Alveopora Frag benefits from nutrient rich water, hence additional nutrients need to be added in the water to maintain that high nutrient level in the aquarium. Maintaining correct calcium and alkalinity levels is undoubtedly important for skeletal development. This coral resembles a pot of flowers and therefore also named as the same, flower pot. Whenever clownfish doesn?t get the anemone as a host, it takes refuge in the tentacle polyps of the Alveopora. Actinic lighting is recommended for the aquarium hosting the Alveopora coral. It is very difficult to maintain and is receommended for advanced aquarists only. The Alveopora may sting other corals if it comes in contact with them, therefore keeping the corals at a distant is advised. Also, the species or corals which thrive in limited nutrient level should not be kept along the Alveopora Frag, since it needs nutrient rich water for its survival.
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Also known as a flowerpot coral or daisy coral.The Alveopora is usually branching but sometimes has encrusting colonies. the polyps are large and extend in tubular columns.Likes somewhat turbid water conditions.Place in lower regions of tank, with mild to moderate water flow.Corals are part of a biological group known as Cnidaria. Most Cnidaria have a mouth,or mouths, that opens into one big body cavity. Due to the lack of a true digestivesystem, this cavity acts in its place and after the food is broken down thenutrients are then sent through the rest of the body as food. There is also noexcretory system; therefore the waste is sent back through the mouth or secretedinto the surrounding water.Tentacles of varying size will usually surround the mouth of Cnidaria. Most Cnidariahave tentacles with stinging cells that can shoot tiny poison darts into their preyor can even be used as a defense mechanism. Some corals lack tentacles and insteadcover themselves with a thin layer of mucus and use that to collect bacteria andplankton as food. Some corals even use both of these methods. Cnidaria can either bean individual animal or members of a complex colony. These "Colony Corals" share thefood and nutrients taken in by each individual.Corals have tiny living organisms that actually live in their tissue. These arecalled zooxanthellae and they are the reason why such strong lighting is needed inthe saltwater aquarium. These algae-like creatures provide the coral with oxygen andother nutrients that are produced during photosynthesis. During this process, thezooxanthellae take up carbon dioxide and provide nutrients to the coral.Corals can use two different types of defense mechanisms. One of which is a sweepertentacle wherein the coral reaches its tentacles out to try to damage another coralwith nematocysts. The other is when the coral releases a minute amount of toxin intothe water to poison another coral within certain proximity. Most "Hard Corals"should not be placed within reach of another coral.
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