Pipe Organ Coral - Tubipora musica Pipe Organ Coral is a beautiful coral and its deep red colored dead specimens are also used to adorn a reef aquarium. Live Pipe Organ Coral is better handled by experienced aquarists. Taxonomy:
Pipe Organ Coral belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Cnidaria, Class Anthozoa, Order Alcyonacea, Family Tubiporidae, Genus Tubipora and species musica. Scientific names:
The scientific name of Pipe Organ Coral is Tubipora musica. Other common names:
Pipe Organ Coral is also commonly called as Daisy Coral, Organ Pipe Coral. Coral Type:
Tubipora musica is a soft coral. Origin or natural range:
Pipe Organ Coral originates from the Indo-Pacific and the South-Pacific regions including Fiji and the Red Sea. Size:
Tubipora musica is moderately sized as compared to the other marine aquarium invertebrates. Color:
Pipe Organ Coral occurs in maroon, red, white, grey, pink and green colors. Compatibility:
Tubipora musica is non-aggressive towards the other marine aquarium invertebrates. Habit & Habitat:
- Pipe Organ Coral is colonial in nature with each colony extending over one meter.
- Tubipora musica is found in sheltered, shallow marine water regions.
- Pipe Organ Coral has a tubular and calcareous skeleton but an overall delicate structure.
- The skeleton of Tubipora musica consists of mesh like tubular structure.
- Each skeletal tube has many polyps serially attached to it.
- A polyp of Pipe Organ Coral is around three millimeters in width and a few millimeters in length.
- The polyps of Tubipora musica expand during the day time and resemble the shape of a star when open.
- Eight feathery, feeding tentacles of Pipe Organ Coral emerge from the polyps.
- Tubipora musica lacks sweeper tentacles.
- Growth enabling environment in your marine aquarium:
- Temperature of water: Seventy-two to seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit or twenty-three to twenty-six degrees Celsius.
- Specific gravity of water: 1.023 to 1.025.
- pH of water: 8.10 to 8.40.
- Water flow in the aquarium:
- Pipe Organ Coral requires moderate to strong water flow in the marine aquarium it inhabits.
- Tubipora musica is delicate so avoid direct strong water flow as it can damage the body of the coral.
- Illumination: Pipe Organ Coral needs high intensity lighting in the marine aquarium hosting it.
- Habit & habitat:
- Place Tubipora musica anywhere between the bottom and the medium of your marine aquarium.
- You can place Pipe Organ Coral near to the other non-aggressive corals in your reef tank but at a safe distance from the other aggressive corals.
- Tubipora musica contracts if it gets disturbed.
- Feeding & Nutrition:
- Pipe Organ Coral derives its nutrition mainly through photosynthesis being performed by zooxanthellae, a photosynthetic alga living symbiotically within the coral.
- Tubipora musica is Carnivorous in its feeding habit and filter feeds at least twice per week.
- Pipe Organ Coral feeds upon acellular marine invertebrates, phytoplankton and zooplankton.
- Add Calcium, Strontium, Iodine and other trace elements as the dietary supplements for Tubipora musica.
- Keep the Calcium Carbonate level over twelve DkH in the water
- Breeding: Pipe Organ Coral does not breed in a marine aquarium.
- Pipe Organ Coral requires moderate care.
- Take care not to introduce Pipe Organ Coral into a tank containing bristle worm.