Blastomussa Merletti
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Blastomussa Merletti

Common Names: Blastomussa Merletti
Pineapple Coral
Classification: Blastomussa Merletti
Description: Large polyps extend from seperate stony "stems". When fully extended the tubular stems aren't visible. Most often found in red, green , and brown.
Environment: Reef, Indo Pacific.
Hardiness: Once settled into the aquarium Blastomussa merletti can be very hardy. Specimens can differ in growth rates.
Lighting: Medium reef lighting. Does well under PCs and VHOs. Can be acclimated to higher lighting such as metal Halides.
Current: Medium flow.
22°C - 28°C
72°F - 82°F
Aggressiveness: Low.
Feeding: Receives a major portion of it's diet from zooxanthellae, however seems to take small foods like cyclops and baby brine.
Supplements: Good calcium and carbonate levels are a must.
Position: Can be fastened securely to the rock structure with an aquarium safe epoxy or coral glue. Can also do well in the sand bottom. Must be acclimated slowly to increased lighting conditions near the top of the tank.
Reproduction: Asexual fragmentation acheived by breaking the base with a small chisel-like instrument.
Comments: A good intermediate level coral with nice colors. The easier of the two blastomussa species to take care of, the other being blastomussa wellsi.
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