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The Blue Ridge Coral, sometimes referred to as the Blue Coral, is often mistaken for a small polyp stony (SPS) coral because it has a hard blue exoskeleton with long, thin polyps. It really is an octocoral (soft coral) and its growth forms are branching, plate-like, columnar, or encrusting. Its body is composed of calcium carbonate and iron salts, which lend its distinctive blue color. However, the polyps are either brown or light blue. They are an interesting and peaceful coral that will add diversity to your reef aquarium.

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The Blue Ridge Coral is generally peaceful towards other corals in the reef aquarium and will do best added to a well-established tank.

Mount the Octo Blue Ridge Coral using IC gel glue, or putty, on an exposed rock lower in the aquarium where they will receive direct flow and light.

Although symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae hosted within them supply most of their nutritional requirements through photosynthesis, they do benefit from supplemental feedings of coral food, cyclopentene, & sometimes small bits of mini mysis. Target feeding gets the corals fed using less food while keeping your nitrates and phosphates lower. Happy People Eater Zoanthids require moderate water flow and low to moderate lighting (PAR 100-250) to maintain their colour.

T5’s, Metal Halides, or LED’s can all grow Zoanthids and Palythoa when the proper PAR levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K colour spectrum for the best colouration.

Care Level: Moderate
Lighting Requirements: Moderate to High
Water Flow: Medium to Strong
Aggressiveness: Peaceful
Range: UK Tank Grown
Family: Helioporidae

Water Conditions: 75-80° F; sg 1.024-1.026 (1.025 is ideal); pH 8.1-8.4 Ca 420-440 ppm, Alk 8-9.5 dKH, Mg 1260-1350, Nitrates <10ppm, Phosphates, < .10ppmIt is important that proper calcium (420-440 ppm), alkalinity (8-9.5 dkh – run it 7-8 if you are carbon dosing), and magnesium levels (1260-1350 ppm) are maintained. Raising magnesium levels gradually up to 1400-1600 ppm can help to combat algae outbreaks, just keep CA and Alk in line as you raise the Mg. Nitrates should be below 10 ppm and phosphates should be below .10 ppm. We recommend doing a water change when Nitrate levels rise to 10 ppm. It is important to replace your phosphate media when phosphates rise to .10 ppm. Media Reactors make the most efficient use of your phosphate media by fluidizing it. Fraggle Reef uses and recommends dosing pumps to automate the dosing of additives and keep your levels more constant. A dosing pump can alleviate the chore of manually dosing your aquarium with Ca, Alk, & Mg 2,3, or 4 times per week and will benefit your aquarium by keeping your levels constant through frequent small additions of Ca, Alk, & Mg. Our tanks all progressed when we switched from 3 manual dosings per week to 70 automatic dosings per week and we got a lot more work done. Acclimatising your new corals is an important method to make sure they survive and thrive in your system. Click here for more information. For all your various converters, calculators, supplements calculators click here.

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