photo by Marc Leveson
Common names: Blue Coral, Blue-Ridge Coral
Natural origin: Indo-Pacific
Sensitivity (Level 2): Usually a fairly tolerant, easy to care for species when fed properly.
corals have very small polyps and need to be fed fine particulate
foods. Baby brine shrimp, oyster eggs, and other small particle foods
are good. A heavily populated sand bed can also provide some good food
for these corals.
Lighting (Level 6 to 10): Heliopora
can adapt to a range of light intensities. Ideal lighting will
depend on the depth and clarity of the water where the coral was
initially collected (or cultured). Usually, more intense lighting is
Water flow: They will benefit from moderate to strong water flow.
Placement: They are peaceful corals and should be placed away from more aggressive tank mates.
ridge corals are quite unique with their blue, hollow skeletons.
Though not a particularly fast growing coral, higher calcium levels (at
least 420 ppm) are important.