Stylophora pistillata: factsheet and info

Stylophora pistillata: factsheet and info

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All information about the Stylophora pistillata species, a hard sps coral that is both easy to keep and wonderful to look at. Card and care.

Who seekseasy acroporahe should broaden his range of action and also think of othershard corals sps, first of all the speciesStylophora pistillata, let's start with yours cardand with some taxonomy.

Stylophora pistillata: green, pink, milka ...

Therestiloporalike allcoralsbelongs to the animal kingdom and, so far, here we are. Hertaxonomic card:

  • Phylum: Cnidaria
  • Class: Anthozoa
  • Subclass: hexacorallia
  • Order: Scleractinia
  • Family: Pocilloporidae
  • Genus: Stylophora
  • Species: Stylopora pistillata

Just like theacropore, Even thestiloporeare scleractinie. Before being able to accommodate difficult sps hard corals such as the acropora coraliniana in the reef aquarium, it is good to test your capabilities and the stability of the tankeasy stilopore and acropore, thepistillata stiloporait is an excellent achievement for those who, until now, have only rearedhard corals lpsand wants to switch toshort polyp.

Species are highly sought afterstylopora pistillata green and blue, cream or pink colored stilopores are very common in nature. This hard sps coral forms branched colonies but where the ends are blunt. It is ahard coralwhich, if well maintained, cangrow fastalso in the marine aquarium, so it is well suited for cuttings.

Stylophora pistillata: sheet

It is widespread in the areasWestern Indo of the Marine Ocean. Its natural habitat is the cliffs characterized by a high movement of water, at depths between 1 and 15 meters.

Where to place it in the aquarium?
In an area with medium-moderate water movement (therefore absolutely not close to the movement pump) and a good light exposure. If it is a newly purchased specimen, start by placing it in an area where it receives little light (you don't know how deep it was "fished" and you certainly don't have the same light as the shopkeeper who sold it to you) and, in the within two weeks, place it higher in the tub. In this way thepistillata stiloporait will adapt better to the conditions of your tank without undergoing color variations.

How to feed it?
It is capable of satisfying all its nutritional needs through photosynthesis, however once a week you can administer plankton (zooplankton and phytoplankton).

For completeness, here is thesheet of the species Stylophora Pistillata:

  • Acclimatization time: at least 30 minutes
  • Little tolerance to nitrates, ideally they should not exceed 0.75 mg / l
  • Calcium: 380 - 480 mg / l
  • Alkalinity: 2.5 - 3.0 meq / l
    In practice it needs a kh between 7 and 8.4. I know that they generally suggest higher kH levels, but these are the levels that corals find in nature and at which I myself was able to keep it, in complete safety, in the aquarium.
  • Phosphates: <0.05 mg / l
  • Magnesium: about 1350 mg / lt
  • Strontium: 8 - 10 mg / l
  • Ideal temperature range: 23 - 28 ° C
  • Salinity: 1.023 - 1.026
  • pH: 8 - 8.4

When breeding hard corals, especially sps hard corals or simply to grow coralline algae, it is always recommended to monitor elements such as bromine, iodine, fluorine, potassium and boron.

How to keep Stylophora Pistillata in a marine aquarium?
At least once a week, do nitrate and phosphate tests, make sure the levels do not exceed those indicated above. If you see higher values, do an extra cleaning of the filter and make sure you have unsaturated resins. Make a 30% water change and carefully evaluate the amount of food you release into the tank in order to understand the organic load.

To break down nitrates and phosphatesand prevent their appearance, always helped by bacteria that can complete the nitrogen cycle and compounds capable of neutralizing phosphates. Among the various products on the market, I recommend the use of the NO3: PO4: X program from Red Sea, you can find the price on the amazon page dedicated to the product: "Phostafe & Nitrate Reduct".

In the photo above,stylosa pistillata milka

Video: Stylophora SPS - Description, Care, and Placement (June 2022).


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