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Miyagi Tort

Miyagi Tort

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Acropora tortuosa is a species of small polyp stony coral (SPS coral) belonging to the Acroporidae family. It is native to the Indo-Pacific region, including the Red Sea, and is commonly found in shallow reef environments. Here's a description and care guide for Acropora tortuosa:

Description:

  1. Appearance: Acropora tortuosa forms branching colonies with irregular, twisted branches. The branches often have a rough texture and may vary in thickness.
  2. Color: This species exhibits a variety of colors, including shades of brown, green, blue, and pink, with vibrant fluorescence under appropriate lighting conditions.
  3. Polyps: The polyps of Acropora tortuosa are small and typically extend during the night to feed, retracting during the day. They may be translucent and barely visible when retracted.
  4. Growth: Under optimal conditions, Acropora tortuosa can grow relatively quickly, forming dense colonies with intricate structures.

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: 8-11 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 tortuosa requires high-intensity lighting, such as metal halide or LED fixtures designed for reef aquariums.
    • Place it in the upper part of the tank where it can receive strong, direct light.
  3. Water Flow:

    • Provide strong and turbulent water flow to mimic natural reef conditions and prevent detritus buildup on the coral's surface.
    • Use circulation pumps or wavemakers to create random flow patterns within the tank.
  4. Feeding:

    • Acropora tortuosa primarily relies on photosynthesis for nutrition but can also capture planktonic organisms and organic matter from the water.
    • While not necessary, occasional target feeding with phytoplankton or zooplankton can benefit its health and coloration.
  5. Placement:

    • Place Acropora tortuosa in an area with moderate to high water flow and strong lighting.
    • Provide ample space between colonies to prevent shading and competition for space.
  6. Water Quality:

    • Maintain stable water parameters by regularly testing and adjusting as necessary.
    • Perform routine water changes to replenish trace elements and remove accumulated waste.
  7. Acclimation:

    • When introducing Acropora tortuosa to a new aquarium, acclimate it gradually to prevent stress and ensure a smooth transition.
  8. Pests and Predators:

    • Monitor for common coral pests such as flatworms, nudibranchs, and coral-eating snails. Quarantine new corals before adding them to the main tank to prevent introducing pests.

By providing optimal conditions and regular care, Acropora tortuosa can thrive and contribute to the beauty and biodiversity of a reef aquarium. Regular observation and maintenance are essential to ensure its health and vitality.

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