The Raspberry Granulosa Coral is a beautiful new release from Oceans, Reefs & Aquariums (ORA®). In reef aquariums with higher intensity lighting, this coral will display light, creamy lavender and purple hues, while lower lighting will also highlight shades of green.
The ideal conditions for the ORA® Raspberry Granulosa Coral is an established reef aquarium with bright lighting achieved with T-5s, powerful LEDs or the more intense metal halides. Under the right conditions, the growth rate of Acropora corals is much more rapid than most other corals found in an established reef aquarium.
To maximize the growth rate of your ORA® Raspberry Granulosa Coral, it is imperative to maintain a high pH, alkalinity, and calcium levels and to keep phosphate and nitrate levels as close to zero as possible. If conditions are ideal, it can also be cultured and grown into a new colony from living fragments or broken pieces.
In addition to high lighting conditions and near pristine water quality, the ORA® Raspberry Granulosa Coral benefits from strong, intermittent water flow within the aquarium. This is best accomplished with a wavemaker and multiple powerheads. For continued good health, the ORA® Raspberry Granulosa Coral requires the addition of calcium, strontium, iodine, magnesium supplements, as well as trace elements.
The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within the ORA® Raspberry Granulosa Coral supplies the coral a majority of its nutrition. However, it will benefit from the addition of various types of phyto and zooplankton.