Bubble Plerogyra Coral - Plerogyra species Bubble Plerogyra Coral is a very interesting add on in your marine aquarium. Its unique bubbly structure in sober shades makes Bubble Plerogyra Coral a desirable candidate for a reef aquarium. The brief discussion here relates you to the various dimensions of Bubble Plerogyra Coral that may guide you towards its maintenance in your marine aquarium. Other names:
Bubble Plerogyra Coral is scientifically called Plerogyra species. Coral Type:
Bubble Plerogyra Coral is a Large Polyp Stony (LPS) Coral. Origin or natural range:
The Plerogyra species originates from the Indo-Pacific region including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Color:
Bubble Plerogyra Coral occurs in tan, cream, brown and pink colors. Morphology:
- Bubble Plerogyra Coral is quite hardy.
- As the name suggests, Bubble Plerogyra Coral has a lot of bubble shaped polyps on its surface.
- The skeleton, scientifically called Corallite, of the Plerogyra species is composed of Calcium Carbonate, is ridged and has a solid base. The skeleton is, however, visible only when the polyps are closed or shrunk.
- The polyps of Bubble Plerogyra Coral have sweeper tentacles with stinging cells, nematocysts, at their tips.
- The large bubble shaped tentacles catalyze the food manufacturing process, called photosynthesis, happening within Bubble Plerogyra Coral and therefore the tentacles inflate during the day.
- The smaller tentacles catch food.
- The polyps of Bubble Plerogyra Coral are quite delicate and can be damaged easily. Therefore, be very particular while handling the Plerogyra species.
Bubble Plerogyra Coral is aggressive towards the other marine aquarium invertebrates. Growth environment in your marine aquarium:
The Plerogyra species grows rapidly in size if the following environmental specifications are met in your aquarium:
- Temperature: Seventy-two to seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit.
- Specific gravity: 1.023 to 1.025.
- pH: 8.10 to 8.40.
- Bubble Plerogyra Coral requires medium lighting in the reef aquarium it inhabits.
- High output fluorescent lighting is fine.
- The color of Bubble Plerogyra Coral is defined by the intensity of light it is exposed to.
- Water flow in the aquarium:
- Maintain moderate water current in the marine aquarium hosting Bubble Plerogyra Coral.
- Strong water current may prohibit the Plerogyra species from spreading itself fully.
- Marine aquarium habit & habitat:
- Place Bubble Plerogyra Coral in an aquarium with the capacity of fifty gallons and above.
- Give ample space to the Plerogyra species to expand itself fully. If obstructed while stretching, Bubble Plerogyra Coral may sting the other corals in its vicinity.
- Feeding & Nutrition:
- Bubble Plerogyra Coral derives its nutrition mainly through photosynthesis which is being performed by zooxanthellae, a photosynthetic alga living symbiotically within the bubble shaped tentacles of the Plerogyra species.
- Bubble Plerogyra Coral is Carnivorous in its feeding habits and when opens at night, filter feeds on a few occurrences per week. Bubble Plerogyra Coral feeds upon frozen meaty bits of squid, raw shrimp, Mysis Shrimp, silverside and fish, phytoplankton and zooplankton.
- Add Calcium, Strontium and trace elements in the water as dietary supplements for Bubble Plerogyra Coral.
- Maintain the Calcium level in the aquarium water at 400 ppm.
- Bubble Plerogyra Coral requires moderate care.
- The polyps of the Plerogyra species are quite delicate and can get hurt very easily. Handle the Bubble Plerogyra Coral very carefully from its hard base only.
- Hermit Crab may disturb the Plerogyra species. Therefore, avoid keeping the crab and the coral in the same aquarium.
Keep Bubble Plerogyra Coral away from the other corals in your marine aquarium as it may sting them.