Acropora millepora is basically a hard coral that belong to the genus that dominates the coral reefs found in the Pacific and the Indian oceans. This is a species that is known to be available all across this region, east across the tropical western pacific and in the shallow waters from the north of South Africa to the Red Sea. Starting from just one embryonic cell, this species has the potential of reaching 5.1 mm in total diameter during a time span of 9.3 months. It generally grows vertically resulting in a kind of bushy morphology that seems to be semi-erect. There are polyps that extend from the tips of the vertical branch. They are 1.2 to 1.5 cm and also non-reproductive.
Keeping Hard Corals
Stunning home reefs are generally simple reefs with less demanding and hardier animals. They can even be more complex reefs with better maintenance specimens. Going for a reef keeping experience is precious because they are less demanding creatures. Only with the right use of husbandry techniques and proper tools, almost any individual can keep gorgeous reefs at home. Because of strict requirements, rearing Acropora corals might not be a good idea for beginners.
Acropora Sensitive To Temperature And Water Movement
These hard corals are highly sensitive to changes in temperature and they even tend to stress quite easily in low light or in case the water movement is not enough. Also, moving them from one place to another in a tank might result in stress and their ultimate death. These are corals that like medium or strong movement in the water. They prefer turbulent flows and require strong light from metal halides or VHOs. It is not difficult to keep them if you are able to meet these requirements. Also, it might be essential for you to maintain strontium. Trace elements and calcium.
Acropora Physical Features
It generally takes around five to six months for this coral species to get back it’s average growth rate post being added to aquariums. Majority of the health systems have additional Acros combined with all the others dying because of RTD or rapid tissue degeneration. It means that an entire bowl of these hard corals can easily be wiped out just within hours. Experts have still not been able to find the right reason behind this occurrence. But a good step towards preserving them would be to have all of them together when they are still young.
There are a number of feeding strategies that these corals have duly developed for increasing their chances of survival in the wild where the waters do not contain a lot of nutrients. These corals generally get their nutrients from the marine algae called zooxanthellae. This is mainly because of the symbiotic relationship that they have with these marine algae. There are other feeding strategies also used by these corals like ingesting microscopic particles of food and capturing planktonic creatures. The feeding takes place at night when there is water movement.
Hard corals like the Acro also have the ability of surviving on dissolved organic waste and large food particles.