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Green Rim Psammacora - JQ's ReefShack LLC

JQ's ReefShack LLC

Green Rim Psammacora

Regular price $20

The Psammocora is a truly extraordinary specimen. Its uncommon beauty is heightened only by its infrequent appearance in the aquarium trade. Coral aficionados will marvel at the addition of this unique specimen.


The Psammocora and members of the Family Siderastreidae are easily recognized by star- or flower-like corallites created as the septa fuse at the center. Even distribution of countless corallites gives the Psammocora a highly-textured appearance that enhances the vibrant green coloration. Though typically encrusting in habit, species of Psammocora display a wide variety of architectural growth forms that add to the desirability of these corals.

The  Psammocora is a hardy small polyp stony (SPS) coral that can live under a variety of lighting conditions provided by compact fluorescent, VHO, T-5's as well as the more intense metal halides. Alter its position in the aquarium depending on the lighting. In an aquarium lit by metal halides, the Psammocora should be kept in a mid to low position. Under other lighting, the Psammocora can be kept in a mid to high position. To bring out the most intense coloration of this coral, we recommend metal halide lighting along with strong water flow.

Keep in mind that this and other species of Psammocora can be sensitive to metal halide lighting, so take time acclimating the Psammocora under metal halide aquarium lighting. Simply place the coral low in the aquarium for a few weeks until it opens fully and then slowly move the colony to the desired location. Make sure to place the Psammocora away from more aggressive corals as it has poor defenses.

For continued good health, the Psammocora will also require the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water. It will benefit from additional food fed weekly in the form of chopped meaty items, baby brine shrimp or zooplankton.


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