GONIOPORA Coral – The flower of our aquarium
Gonipora and Alveopora corals are extremely similar colors. We normally can tell as Alveopora come in more rounder fuller polyps. Goniopora on the other hand look like smaller compact flowers. Now not all Aleopora and Goniopora follow those same rules, but is one of easier ways we here at Koralkingdom tell the difference. These corals come in some very interesting colors such as the popular glitter bomb Gonipora which has sparkle like polyps.
Reef aquarists are drawn to these Goniopora and Alveopora corals with the long tentacles which flow beautifully in the water current. With different currents such as pulsing and wave like burst these corals give great color and movement which really make your tank pop with character.
Like most corals these corals thrive under stable conditions. They are generally easy to keep in established tanks. Goniopora and Alveopora eat a verity of food but, have been known to really flourish when given reef roids.
WHAT ARE THE LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS FOR LIVE MUSHROOM GONIOPORA AND ALVEOPORA?
Most Gonipora and Alveopora corals are kept in medium light. We recommend that you keep these corals in the lower to middle of your rock work. With anything we must find a good balance light but, also water movement. These corals need both to get the proper nutrition. So when placing these corals I would keep in mind that flow is equally important as light. We like to keep a lot of breathing room as other corals can sting them. So a tip of a rock overhanging the aquarium is a good place to place these. Both Gonipora and Alveopora here at koralking love all spectrums of light, but our aquariums heavily favoring blue. Here at Koralkingdom we give them mostly blue light with about 4 hours of white, green, and red. When it comes to the Gonipora and Alveopora for sale here at Koral Kingdom, we suggest giving them moderate lighting by placing them in the middle to top range of your saltwater aquarium. After a slow and steady acclimation, you could also place them higher in the water column, as live coral Gonipora and Alveopora are known to show off their eye-popping colors in quality lights. We keep these corals under a verity of lights which include Aqua illuminations, Orphek Leds, Radions, and even the in expensive black boxes. Be careful not to introduce them too quickly.
DO I NEED TO FEED MY GONIPORA AND ALVEOPORA CORAL?
Gonipora and Alveopora corals have photosynthetic algae in their cells, providing them with a lot of extra energy from sunlight and lighting given by our LEDs. However, this coral and needs nutrition from different algae and planktons – feeding them will help increase their color, overall health and encourage them to breed and encrust over your live rock. We see lots of growth and encrusting of our Gonipora and Alveopora from target feeding. Some things you can feed live coral Gonipora and Alveopora include:
- • Special Coral Reef Food (Reef Roids benipets)
- Brine Shrimp, Krill, Plankton & Copepods
- Pellet foods work well for us too here at Koralkingdom
Since your food mixture will be generally thicker and heavier than your water, using a turkey baster or pipette to shoot it at your Gonipora and Alveopora coral should do the trick. It will land gently on the polyp, which you'll then slowly fold inward towards the mouth. We also like to broadcast feed which the food is poured in front of the power head. This gives a prolonged and natural feeding situation like found in the wild. It's fascinating to see and will help keep your Gonipora and Alveopora coral become healthy and thrive. Remember – photosynthesis is only half of the story when feeding Gonipora and Alveopora.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY GONIPORA AND ALVEOPORA CORAL'S POLYPS AREN'T OPENING?
Some of the more delicate Gonipora and Alveopora Colonies for sale here at Koral Kingdom may take a couple of days to open fully after they arrive on your doorstep. These corals are shy and can take even weeks to open up. If you just bought your Gonipora and Alveopora, don't worry if they don't open right away. However, if they were previously open and have now closed, you should take a good look at your water parameters. Also some fish such as angle fish and tangs can nip at these corals. When bothered even by snails and hermits they could close for hours. The first thing you should check is your salinity and pH levels – Gonipora and Alveopora corals can close if these are thrown out of balance. Don't try to handle them without gloves and never try to force open their polyps if they close. We always recommend Animo acids and Trace elements to be added to your tank in small quantities to help encourage corals to open and respond to the nutrients. This could be one of the major keys that you can do to have the polyps respond. Another reason for the closed Gonipora and Alveopora is lack of flow or too high flow. We never want to place Gonipora and Alveopora in higher flow because the water movement could tear away at their polyps. A slow to moderate pulse of water to move and sway the tips of the corals is what you’re looking for
Shop Koral Kingdom for Top-Rated Gonipora and Alveopora Coral Today
Koral Kingdom is home to some of the top live coral Gonipora and Alveopora for sale online – in fact, it’s one of our favorite corals. Whether you're looking for your first beginner coral or you're an experienced aquarist just looking for a new addition to your tank, we've got the Gonipora and Alveopora perfect for you!
Our dedicated team of expert aquarists propagates each of our Gonipora and Alveopora corals to ensure they're healthy and stable, ensuring you'll get an ideal Gonipora and Alveopora specimen right on your doorstep when it arrives. Not to mention, our Gonipora and Alveopora frags for sale are part of our WYSIWYG collection – meaning you'll be able to pick out the exact frag you want for your tank. Be sure to read more tips for taking care of your live coral Gonipora and Alveopora on our process page, or feel free to contact us. Our expert team is always happy to help.