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Organ Pipe Coral

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The Pipe Organ Coral is a soft coral, but is often referred to as a hard coral because of its red calcareous skeleton. When its polyps are open, it is often confused with the star polyps or clove polyps because of their similar appearance.

 

 

 

Common Name(s): Organ Pipe Coral, Pipe Organ Coral, or Daisy Coral
Scientific/Other Name(s) : Tubipora musica
Care Level : Medium
Lighting Requirements:Medium/High
Flow Requirements: Medium
Tank Position: Any
Feeding Requirements: phyto and zooplankton or baby brine shrimp
Temperament / Behavior: Peaceful
Other Comments:

The Pipe Organ Coral is a soft coral, but is often referred to as a hard coral because of its red calcareous skeleton. When its polyps are open, it is often confused with the star polyps or clove polyps because of their similar appearance. These corals do have the advantage over the other similar looking soft corals in that they will not spread across the rocks and crowd out other species.

Its behaviour is peaceful because it lacks sweeper tentacles, and is safe to place near other peaceful corals. It is fragile and so it should not be positioned in currents which could displace or damage it.

The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within its body provides the majority of its nutritional requirements through photosynthesis.

It will also require the addition of calcium, iodine, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.

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