The Green Pocillopora Coral is an extremely fast growing coral even by SPS standards. Once the coral is established in your reef tank its growth can be explosive once you have provided the right water flow, light, calcium, and other trace elements to the water. Green Pocillopora coral growth resembles thick lumpy branches covered in fuzzy polyps which is why it also known as “Cauliflower Coral”.
Common Names: Green Pocillopora
Skill Level: Moderate
Disposition: Semi – aggressive
Light Level: Moderate to High
Water Flow: Medium
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
I have seen it listed from Semi – aggressive to completely peaceful on a variety of forums and websites. The only “test” that this has been put to in my own tank was when a hammer coral frag touched my Green Pocillopora frag. The Green Pocillopora frag lost. Any place the hammer coral touched the Pocillopora the coral branches died. While this could indicate that the coral leans more toward peaceful than aggressive side I’m still listing it as Semi – Aggressive since I have seen it referenced that way on to many other websites to ignore. Because this coral tends to be a fast grower, you should leave adequate room for its expansion. Be on the safe side and allow plenty of room between the Green Pocillopora and your other corals.
Even though this particular article is in regards to the Green Pocillopora coral you can also find this coral in several different colors. I have only seen it in green and pink but research on this particular coral shows that you can also find it in yellow, orange and blue variations. You can see below my Green Pocillopora has blue tips on the polyps.
Propagation of this coral is handled like many other SPS corals. I personally use clippers and break off pieces from the main mother colony. I usually break off the branches where they “fork” off. Once the piece is removed I glue it onto another piece of live rock or a frag plug. It’s okay to have your coral out of the water for several minutes. Once the glue is dry place your rock back into the tank. Give your coral several days before you begin to see full polyp extension.
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