General information on Acropora SPS-corals:
~ 200 Liter
The keeping of small polyp stone corals (SPS = Small Polyp Stoney Coral) is possible with today's technology, such as the use of the Fauna Marin Balling Light method and the Zeolight system without problems.
If you take care of the right current, good lighting and the right water values, a successful keeping of corals with good growth and great colors in the sea water aquarium is feasible.
In contrast to large polyp stony corals (LPS), which usually cope well even with higher nutrient values, small polyp stony corals quickly show a loss of color or stagnating growth. Formerly colorful corals often turn an unsightly brown. This is because the more nutrients there are in the water, the more zooxanthellae the coral forms.
SPS corals love clean and clear water. In order to keep SPS corals almost in their natural colours on a long-term basis, one should strive for the lowest possible phosphate and nitrate value in the aquarium. This can be well controlled with various phosphate adsorbers. The water remains crystal clear when filtered via activated carbon, such as the Fauna Marin Carb L long-term carbon. Phenols, protein compounds, dyes and nettle toxins are filtered out of the water and rendered harmless.
Also the light intensity has effects on the colouring and the growth of the corals. We at Fauna Marin Corals successfully keep our SPS corals under a mix of T5 tubes (50/50 white/blue) in combination with KESSIL LED lamps.
Important for the care of small polyp stone corals is the constant maintenance of the salinity, as well as the use of a good sea salt, such as the Fauna Marin Professional Sea Salt. The salinity should always be between 34/35 per mille, respectively 1.022 and 1.024 density. A regular check of the density is an absolute must in marine aquaristics.
Pay attention - especially in summer - to the temperature in the aquarium. Small polyp stone corals do not tolerate longer-term exceedances of 30 degrees. If this is the case, the corals fade - this is the so-called Coral Bleaching.
***We will never ship freshly cut coral !***
We take great care to ensure the well being of all our corals. Before pieces are deemed saleable, we wait for every piece to have formed an encrusting edge and even develop baby polyps. As a professional supplier of quality frags in Germany, we differ significantly from our competitors. Our care and breeding practices for these wonderful corals make it possible to bring you the healthiest pieces available. The biggest difference, is in the regular feeding of the polyps; we feed LPS Grow and Color Food from Fauna Marin . All corals are prepared under optimum conditions to a healthy aquarium life and we consider this to be the optimum color formation under LED or blue T5 lighting.
Due to the unknown variables that can happen during shipping, we cannot provide a 100% arrive alive guarantee for live animals , despite all efforts.
New orders begin processing the moment we receive them. Very rarely do we encounter a delay. If we do, and your corals or fish are not yet ready for dispatch, you have the option for a possible replacement animal or a refund for the amount of an animal. In such cases, you will be contacted via phone (if we have your phone number) or email. Of course, we do everything possible to avoid such inconvenience from the start.
Please note that coral variations in form and color can occur in the original photo. Changes in color may also result from transport or due to the color representation on the computer screen . Our animals are lit with T5 tubes "Aqua Science Duo" and "Aqua Science Blue" in a 1:1 ratio and are photographed in these conditions. The colors of the animals may vary from our photos when placed in your aquarium, depending on the type of lighting used.
All animals undergo a minimum one-week quarantine and are free of parasites when delivered.
Our average water parameters are:
Salinity : 34-35 psu
Calcium : 400-420 mg/l
Magnesium : 1200-1250 mg/l
dkH : 7.5-8.0
Nitrate : 2-15 mg/l
Phosphate : 0.02-0.08 mg/l
Temperature : 23-25 ° C
In our facilities, we use the new sea salt "Professional Sea Salt" by Fauna Marin . We also use the Balling light method in addition to their sea salt.
We are professional pet shippers with over 20 years of shipping and packing experience. All corals and other animals are carefully placed into their packing box and prepared with care. We take great care preparing corals and other animals for a safe transport so that they arrive to you in perfect condition. It is not primarily about the color of the animal upon arrival, it is about the health and nutritional status of coral and fish. The final coloration reach corals within a few weeks after being placed into your aquarium.