Psammocora sp.

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Common Name: Encrusting coral
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Product Source: AU
Product Origin: Great Barrier Reef
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“Psammocora” is a relatively uncommon small polyp stony (SPS) coral in reef aquariums.

This species often forms flattened pillar-like branches on encrusting bases. Polyps are small and evenly spread over the corals surface, which from a distance can give the coral a velvet appearance.

Septa are fused in the corallite center, which give a star or flower look to each polyp.

Psammocora is commonly found encrusting on live rock on reef fronts, in shades of brown, grey or green.

While uncommon, Psammocora is a great addition to aquarium diversity that is fast-growing and can tolerate a wide range of conditions.

Basic Water Parameters
8.0 to 8.3

pH

8.0 to 8.3

34 - 36ppm

Salinity

34 - 36ppm

24.0 - 26.0 Celsius

Temperature

24.0 - 26.0 Celsius

Husbandry Requirements
8.0 to 8.3

Lighiting

110-175 PAR

34 - 36ppm

Flow

Some turbulence required

24.0 - 26.0 Celsius

Aggressiveness

Limited ability to damage other corals.

Acclimation Guide

  • It is highly recommended to acclimate all corals to a new environment to prevent shocking corals.
  • Place the corals in the water from the packing bags and slowly add the water from new environment (Dripping method is recommended).
  • Use the water parameter above as a guide.
  • When the vessel becomes full , replace the water with the new environment water by a small amount at a time.
  • Ensure the water temperature matches with the new environment’s water.
  • After the corals have spent adequate time in the acclimation water, gently place the corals to a new environment.
  • It is recommended to place new corals under lower light intensity than usually required. Once corals show no signs of stress, it can be moved to higher lighting area gradually.”