The Acropora horrida grows in open thickets with branches having slightly contorted growth. This species of Acropora is usually blue, pink, yellow, green, or pink with green tips. The polyps are white or blue, and will extend during the day giving it a hairy appearance.
The Acropora horrida does best in good water quality, moderate to strong, intermittent water flow and moderate to strong lighting. For good growth rate and overall health, a high pH, alkalinity, and calcium level must be maintained with little to no phosphates and nitrates. If ideal conditions are provided, the horrida will grow moderately and can be propagated by cutting fragments.
Acropora corals receive the majority of their nutrients from photosynthesis, but will benefit from the addition of various types of phytoplankton and zooplankton.
Acclimate all new corals to ensure a smooth transition to its new aquarium.
Scientific Name: Acropora horrida
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78 F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Lighting: Moderate to Strong
Flow: Moderate to Strong
Placement: Top, Middle
Color Form: Pink, Green, Blue, Yellow
Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Strontium, Trace Elements
Range: Fiji, Indonesia, Maricultured