The Alveopora coral is composed of gnarled branches that divide irregularly. It features large corralites that are composed of interlocking networks of rods and spines. Since it is difficult to handle, the Alveopora catalai is not advised for beginners. It thrives well in a temperature range of 74-82 degree Fahrenheit, and low to moderate lighting and gentle water movement. The Alveopora catalai inhabits soft substrates in the tank, and mainly avoids the area with high water current. When its polyps are open it gives resemblance to a bouquet of flowers, and when displayed under actinic light, it glows. Although the Alveopora catalai is not an overly aggressive coral, but it is recommended to maintain space between it and other corals to avoid any accidents. It may benefit from the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water. The Alveopora catalai is quite delicate and may be somewhat better than with the related Goniopora. It thrives well in fairly nutrient rich lagoon type reef tank.
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.