When it comes to keeping coral in your reef tank you’ve option to choose between SPS and LPS. Large polyp stony (LPS) coral requires less care on aquarist part while small polyp stony coral (SPS) will be difficult to keep if aquarist has no knowledge about keeping coral. Frogspawn coral is one LPS coral that you can keep if you’re new to corals and reef tank. But if you’re interested in keeping SPS and are ready to experiment while keeping coral then birdsnest coral is one good option for you.
Birdsnest coral grows quite fast and if it grows much larger for your tank then you can even crop it and trade it with those who wish to keep corals.
Birdsnest Coral Profile
- Scientific Name : Seriatopora hystrix
- Region: Tonga, the Red Sea, the Indo-Pacific, Fiji, etc.
- pH : 8.2 – 8.4
- Temperature : 24°C – 28°C
- Hardness : 8° to 12° dKH
Image Credit : Animal World
There are many color variation of this coral but pink birdnest coral is easily available. You can buy aqua cultured frag if you want for your reef tank. These frags will grow rapidly and later you can even trade it with other aquarists as well. Just cut the branch and glue it in the tank where you want them to grow.
While placing them in the tank you need to maintain moderate water flow but make sure you don’t direct the pump at them because it could damage them. Make sure you keep the calcium and alkalinity level stable. You can keep lighting requirements to moderate and they’ll do fine under metal halides, T5 and VHO light. Proper lighting is essential because they’ve photosynthetic algae growing on their tissue so it is necessary to maintain light. You can keep them in the top-middle region of your tank. If light is not penetrating to the bottom then avoid placing them to the bottom of the tank.
Behavior: They’ll surely stung by other corals if they’re placed near other LPS corals. Just make sure you maintain the space between corals and have the right condition to let them grow. Avoid placing them with aggressive reef tank species.
Food: You can give them regular Coral Sea food. You can get this online or from most of the aquarium shops. Avoid feeding them directly because this will help grow algae on them.
Once birdsnest coral starts to grow it’ll expand rapidly all over your tank. At that time you can cut off the branch and let it frag on another tank. They’re available at price of about 25-65$ in most of online and offline aquarium shops.