Bubble Pearl Coral - Physogyra species - Pearl Grape Coral - Pearl Octobubble Coral - Pearleye
Bubble Pearl Coral - Physogyra species Bubble Pearl Coral is a beautiful and bubbly experience for your marine aquarium. With its unique design, calm shades and the ease of maintenance, Bubble Pearl Coral is sought out by many aquarists. ItÍs a better bet, however, for intermediate level expert aquarists as it requires careful handling. The article gives you an insight into various aspects regarding the handling of Bubble Pearl Coral. Taxonomy:
Bubble Pearl Coral belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Cnidaria, Class Anthozoa, Order Scleractinia, Family Caryophylliidae and Genus Physogyra. Other names:
The scientific name of Bubble Pearl Coral is Physogyra species. Bubble Pearl Coral is also commonly called as Pearl Grape Coral, Pearleye, Pearl Octobubble Coral, Bubble Coral and Small bubble Coral. Coral Type:
Bubble Pearl Coral is a Large Polyp Stony (LPS) Coral. Origin or natural range:
The Physogyra species originates from the Indo-Pacific region. Color:
Bubble Pearl Coral occurs in white, cream, tan and green colors. Morphology:
As the name suggests, Bubble Pearl Coral has numerous small and retractable, circular, bubble shaped polyps. The polyps of Bubble Pearl Coral, when open, resemble the appearance of a bunch of grapes or balloons. The polyps of the Physogyra species have large sweeper tentacles tipped by nematocysts. The tentacles of Bubble Pearl Coral may sting any other coral coming in their way. Bubble Pearl Coral uses its tentacles to catch food, to sting the other corals and as defense mechanism. The appearance of Bubble Pearl Coral may vary being contingent upon the factors such as, the intensity of light it is getting in its habitat, the intensity of water current around it and the surroundings of the Physogyra species. Compatibility:
Bubble Pearl Coral is aggressive towards the other marine aquarium members. Breeding:
The Physogyra species breeds easily in a marine aquarium. Growth environment in your marine aquarium:
Your Marine aquarium hosting Bubble Pearl Coral must provide the following environmental specifications for the growth of the Physogyra species:
- Temperature: Maintain the temperature of your marine aquarium within the range of seventy-two to seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit.
- Specific gravity: The specific gravity measuring 1.023 to 1.025 is ideal for your marine aquarium having Bubble Pearl Coral in it.
- pH: The pH of the water in your marine aquarium should scale between 8.10 and 8.40.
- Illumination: Bubble Pearl Coral requires moderate lighting in the marine aquarium it inhabits.
- Water flow in the aquarium: Maintain low water current in the reef aquarium hosting Bubble Pearl Coral.
- Marine aquarium habit & habitat: Place the Physogyra species anywhere from the bottom to the middle of the tank. Give ample space for Bubble Pearl Coral so that it is able to extend itself fully in your marine aquarium, without getting obstructed by the other tank members.
- Feeding & Nutrition: Bubble Pearl Coral derives its nutrition mainly through photosynthesis being performed by zooxanthellae, a photosynthetic alga living symbiotically within Bubble Pearl Coral. The Physogyra species is also Carnivorous in feeding habits and filter feeds a few times per week, when open. Bubble Pearl Coral eats acellular marine invertebrates, meaty bits of silverside, raw shrimp and Mysis Shrimp, phytoplankton and zooplankton. Add Calcium, Strontium and the other trace elements to the water as dietary supplements for Bubble Pearl Coral.
It is easy to maintain Bubble Pearl Coral. Caution:
- The Physogyra species is aggressive in nature and may sting the other corals in its vicinity. Therefore, keep the Bubble Pearl Coral at a sufficient distance from the other corals.
- Bubble Pearl Coral may sting the aquarist as well, if it is disturbed while its tentacles are open. Therefore, be very careful when handling The Physogyra species.