Up-Close with Bali Maricultured Acropora

by | Sep 13, 2015 | Conservation, Corals, Invertebrates, Science, Sustainability | 0 comments

reefs.comMariAcro2Last week we took a look at some wonderful maricultured mini-colonies of various Euphyllia species. Today we get a sneak peak into the most popular maricultured genus, Acropora. To produce the most colorful specimens of maricultured Acropora divers take fragments of wild colonies, place them in various farms, and see which one’s do best at particular depths and currents. Similar to aquaculture in captivity, once a coral has proven to color up well and grow at an acceptable pace the coral is fragmented again and eventually sold.

Lately many reefers have been intrigued by the wonderful smooth skinned “deepwater” Acropora, myself included. They come in a dizzying array of colors, although predominantly various shades of green/yellow.Their growth patterns are unlike any other Acropora making them desirable even to the most jaded aquarist. However, while they might prefer more indirect light than some of the super high light loving Acros, they’re certainly not grown in “deepwater”. Just like the “deepwater” zoanthid craze the term is a marketing technique. These corals are grown in depths ranging from 5-8 meters (~16-26 feet) alongside other Acropora species.


Note the wild coral growing in the background of this picture.


This smooth skinned Acro would likely be labeled “deepwater”.


This smooth skinned Acro would likely be labeled “deepwater”.


For best success reefers should cut the bases off of these corals when they’re received. This helps prevent unwanted algae and coral pests from making their way into a system. Make sure to dip thoroughly and slowly acclimate them to your lighting system. Many times maricultured colonies are kept under artificial lighting for a short period of time prior to export which helps them color up, and allows the farmer time to inspect the animals health. This is generally not sufficient time for the coral to fully adapt to captive conditions so some TLC on your end will go a long way with these beautiful animals.

Shout out and thanks to Endang Nilasari for sharing these pictures and information.

  • Austin Lefevre

    Austin Lefevre founded and owns Aqua Box, a group of passionate professionals who bring unique aquarium systems to fruition worldwide and offer fully quarantined and conditioned fishes to the US retail market. Austin has been a bonafide fish nerd for his entire life. When the kids in elementary school were reading Dr. Seuss, Austin was reading Jacques Cousteau. He's been in the aquarium industry since 2002 working in local fish stores, coral farms, and headed up a fish breeding program. He's been an avid SCUBA diver since the age of 12 and consistently seeks new aquatic adventures.


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