Stylophora are a branching small polyp stony coral from the Family Pocilloporidae. They make a great addition to either a mixed stony coral reef or an SPS dominated reef. We keep Stylophora mainly in both medium light and medium water flow. Having said that, their overall growth and color might benefit from both stronger light and flow than they are receiving here.
Okinawa, Japan is known for its great diving and lush coral reefs. There were tons of corals and fish, but I was surprised to see a huge field of Acropora that was all maricultured. It felt like I was diving in an incredible frag tank.
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This video above is from my friend Nathan’s tank, which is a custom-built 200-gallon (760-L) that is 72″ long and 30″ wide. (180 x 75 cm).
This past year, I rediscovered how great an army of Astraea snails are. It didn’t even take a week for them to do serious work on the algae. One system that seemed like a lost cause because of the algae completely recovered.