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Acropora Suharsonoi

Acropora Suharsonoi

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Acropora suharsonoi is a species of small polyp stony coral (SPS coral) belonging to the Acroporidae family. Originating from the Indian Ocean and the central Pacific, this Acropora is distinguished by its thin, branching structures and vibrant colors. Here's a description and care guide for Acropora suharsonoi:


  1. Appearance: Acropora suharsonoi forms colonies with thin, branching structures. Branch tips may be pointed or slightly widened.
  2. Color: This species exhibits a wide range of colors, from brown, green, blue, to bright pink, sometimes with fluorescent hues.
  3. Polyps: Polyps are very small and usually not visible to the naked eye. They extend at night to feed and retract during the day.
  4. Growth: Acropora suharsonoi tends to grow rapidly under optimal conditions and can form sizable colonies.

Care Guide:

  1. Water Parameters:

    • Temperature: 74-82°F (23-28°C)
    • Salinity: 1.024-1.026 specific gravity
    • pH: 8.1-8.4
    • Alkalinity: 8-12 dKH
    • Calcium: 400-450 ppm
    • Magnesium: 1250-1350 ppm
    • Phosphate and Nitrate: Low levels, as SPS corals are sensitive to high nutrient levels.
  2. Lighting:

    • Acropora suharsonoi requires intense lighting, such as that provided by LED lamps specifically designed for reef aquariums.
    • Place it in the upper part of the tank where it can receive bright, direct light.
  3. Water Flow:

    • Ensure strong and turbulent water flow to provide nutrients and prevent waste accumulation on the coral's surface.
    • Use circulation pumps or wavemakers to create dynamic water movements in the tank.
  4. Feeding:

    • Acropora suharsonoi primarily relies on photosynthesis for nutrition, but it can also capture small food particles from the water.
    • Target feeding with planktonic foods can enhance its health and coloration, but it's not necessary.
  5. Placement:

    • Place Acropora suharsonoi in an area where it has room to grow and branch freely, avoiding aggressive corals that may harm it.
    • Ensure there is enough space between colonies to prevent competition and shading.
  6. Water Quality:

    • Monitor water parameters regularly and perform regular water changes to maintain optimal water quality.
    • Avoid significant fluctuations in water parameters, as this can cause stress and health issues for the coral.
  7. Acclimation:

    • Carefully acclimate Acropora suharsonoi when introducing it to a new aquarium to minimize stress and promote a smooth transition.

By following these guidelines and providing stable and appropriate conditions, you can successfully maintain Acropora suharsonoi in your reef aquarium. Be sure to regularly monitor its growth and health for any signs of stress or disease.

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