With its creamy strawberry exterior the Australian Red Planet Acro Coral (Acropora sp.) is visually appealing to both humans and aquatic life.
The Acropora Coral (Acropora suharsonoi) is a genus of small polyp stony coral found within the phylum Cnidaria family. Some of its most popular varieties of this coral include; the Table Coral, Elkhorn Coral, and Staghorn Coral. The number of different Acropora Coral species is debatable, some experts put the number as low as 149 unique species, while others put the number as high as 350 unique species. These corals are ones that are the most responsible for building the immense calcium carbonate substructure that supports the thin living skin of a reef.
Depending on the species and location, the Acropora Coral can grow as plates, broad or slender branches. Like other corals, Acropora Corals are colonies of individual polyps, which are roughly 2 mm across and share some tissue, as well as a nerve network. The polyps can withdraw back into the coral in response to movement or disturbance by potential predators, but when uninterrupted, they protrude slightly. The polyps usually extend further at night to help capture plankton and organic matter from the water.
The Acropora Coral is common in shallow reef environments; favor bright light, and a moderate to high water motion. If threatened, many small reef fishes live near their colonies and retreat into the thicket of branches. Therefore you might find your tropical fish very at ease sharing a tank with its natural ally.
Most species of Acropora Corals are brown or green, but a few are a dazzling colored, and those rare corals are prized by coral enthusiasts. Captive proliferations of these corals are widespread in the reef-keeping community. Given the right conditions, many Acropora Corals grow quickly, and individual colonies can exceed a meter across within their natural environment.
Once this coral has started growing it will require a slow water flow and will require an increase of water flow as their density increases. It is extremely important that you provide your Acropora Coral a high level of water flow, otherwise these corals will be susceptible to infections, caused by the inability of the more dense centre's to build up waste this can become a breeding ground for bacteria leading to various disease problems.
Virtually all Acropora Coral species are native to central Indo-Pacific and in south central Indonesia region of Bali and can be found all along the lower reef slopes and submerged walls.
These corals have relatively small polyps which equates them being a very poor aquatic predator. Oyster eggs, with a particle size of about 50Âµ, are