• Name:

    Special Porites

  • Family: Poritidae
  • Species: Porites
  • Scientific Name: Porites sp
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General info about Special Porites

In general, corals coming from the genus Porites are characterized by having a finger like assymetrical morphology.  They have calices that are widely spaced and reticulum with walls that are well developed. Porites are known to host a variety of marine worms, particularly the Christmas Tree worm (Spirobranchus porites).  

For the Special Porites, they are predominatly colored green with violet circles and red tentacles. This are the water parameters for cultivating Special Porites:

  • Calcium: 400 - 450 ppm
  • Alkalinity: 2.86 - 3.93 MEQ/L (8 - 11 dKH)
  • Phosphates: 0
  • Magnesium: 1200 - 1350
  • Strontium: 8 -10
  • Temperature: 74° - 83° F (23° - 28° C)
  • Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025

Diet & Nutrition

Special Porites can survive without feeding courtesy from the nourishment it recieves from the symbiotic zooxanthellae that is living within them. However, they will not grow in to a bigger colony. With this and for faster growth, you need to feed them with supplemental foods like krill, mysis or brine shrimp. The addition of dissolved organics is also recommended.

Determining Sex

A mature tank is highly recommended in propagating Special Porites. They need to be set at the bottom portion of the tank where lighting and flow rate are in moderation.

Breeding & Spawning

Special Porites requires moderate lighting and moderate water flow. Too much water flow causes the polyps to be retracted and feeding cannot take place.

Origination

Special Porites can be found in the Indo-west Pacific Ocean. However, their global population is considered vulnerable due to increasing seawater temperature and other factors associated with climate change. They are now listed under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which means that their global trading is now monitored.

Caution

Special Porites must be set in the tank with enough spacing in relation to other coral species.

Acclimation Process

Since the Special Porites are a marine species, salinity must be entirely maintained at 1.023 to 1.025 specific gravity. They should be immediately set to its receiving substrate like rocks and be permanently positioned using gel glue so that the colonization process can commence.

Venomous

Special Porites have long sweeper tentacles. If they are set near to another coral, they will extend out their tentacles and invade other polyps which has been proven to cause mortality.

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Name Species Family Scientific Name More Detail Added by
Special Porites Porites Poritidae Porites sp

In general, corals coming from the genus Porites are characterized by having a finger like assymetrical morphology.  They have calices that are widely spaced and reticulum with walls that are well developed. Porites are known to host a variety of marine worms, particularly the Christmas Tree worm (Spirobranchus porites).  

For the Special Porites, they are predominatly colored green with violet circles and red tentacles. This are the water parameters for cultivating Special Porites:

  • Calcium: 400 - 450 ppm
  • Alkalinity: 2.86 - 3.93 MEQ/L (8 - 11 dKH)
  • Phosphates: 0
  • Magnesium: 1200 - 1350
  • Strontium: 8 -10
  • Temperature: 74° - 83° F (23° - 28° C)
  • Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025
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