The Purple Goniopora is one of the most beautiful coral available at saltwaterfish.com. It is commonly referred as the flowerpot coral and makes a beautiful addition to any reef tank. The Purple Goniopora is an aggressive coral and must be provided with ample space so that its long polyps do not come in contact with other coral specimens. It dwells directly on the sand bed, but many species will also do well higher on the rockwork. Therefore the tank should be well established with sand bed and rockworks. If your tank is having clownfish not hosting any other sea anemones, make sure whether you really want to keep this in your tank, because the clown fishes love these coral to death. The Purple Goniopora is semi-aggressive toward other marine invertebrates, and is nocturnal in feeding habits. It mainly feeds on acellular marine invertebrates, phytoplankton, zooplanktons, and meaty bits. Intense or medium light is crucial for the Purple Goniopora to grow, even shutting down the lights for 24 hours can also affect adversely on this type of coral. Perfect arrangement of light is necessary for it to thrive well. The Purple Goniopora is traditionally prone to bacterial and fungal infection, which adds to the delicacy of its nature. Since it is very delicate in nature and should be handle with care as it damages very easily, therefore it is not a good choice for a beginner aquarist. The Purple Goniopora is very important to maintain the correct level of calcium and alkalinity which is undoubtedly important for skeletal developments. It is photosynthetic and doesn?t take any known foods.
This species of goniopora has much more color than just the plain green.The polyps do not extend as far as the greens, therefore they do not reach out to other corals in your system. There are so many different colors that we get in with purple being the predominant color.This particular species are more durable than most of the other common species.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.