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Watermelon Psammacora Coral WYSIWYG
The Watermelon Psammocora is a truly extraordinary specimen. Its uncommon beauty is heightened only by its infrequent appearance in the aquarium trade. Though common in nature, members of the Genus Psammocora have led a quiet life, drawing little attention among reef keepers.
The Watermelon 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 Watermelon 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 Watermelon 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 Watermelon Psammocora should be kept in a mid to low position. Under other lighting, the Watermelon 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. The growth on this coral grows as a green rim while the middle stays bright orange.
Keep in mind that this and other species of Psammocora can be sensitive to metal halide lighting, so take time acclimating the Watermelon 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 Watermelon Psammocora away from more aggressive corals as it has poor defenses.
For continued good health, the Watermelon 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.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" As Pictured
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