Alveopora photo by Gene Schwartz
Goniopora photo by Carole Jurrens
Goniopora photo by Doni Marie
Common names: flowerpot coral, daisy coral, ball coral
Natural origin: Indo-Pacific
Sensitivity (Level 4): Until very recently, it was thought that Goniopora were
impossible to keep alive in captivity. Thanks to recent research, new
food products, and valiant efforts by some aquarists, these corals can
now be kept in home aquariums with diligent and committed care. If you
choose one of these corals, please be prepared to meet their demanding
needs. Alveopora species tend to be slightly easier to care for.
corals have very specific and extremely demanding feeding
requirements. I suggest you start hatching brine shrimp asap.
Fresh, live, baby brine is a great food for them. Frozen baby
brine shrimp also work well. Rotifers, oyster eggs, and other small,
meaty foods are all good. But putting these in the tank is usually
not enough. It is best to feed the corals under a "dome" of some
sort or another (creature keepers work well). Having a DSB
and/or refugium and feeding DT's phytoplankton is another good idea.
This will increase invert populations. These critters, in term, produce
larvae and such that can also feed the corals.
Lighting (Level 3 to 6):
Lighting requirements are moderate. Careful acclimation to any new
conditions is especially important for these unforgiving corals.
Water flow: Moderate to strong water flow is preferred.
corals have long sweeping polyps that should be allowed to freely
extend without hitting rocks or other corals that might damage them.
stated, these corals are exceptionally demanding. It is highly
recommended that any aquarist considering one do extensive research and
reading on their care. If in doubt about having the time, patience and
resources required to meet this corals needs, please choose a different
coral. Be cautious of dyed corals. If the colony looks bright
yellow or pink, it might be dyed.