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How to care for Acanthastrea Bowerbanki in a Reef Tank

Find out how to properly care for your new Acanthastrea Bowerbanki coral with this "how-to" guide on the requirements for healthy Acanthastrea Bowerbanki coral from the #1 place to buy corals online

Read along to find out the Lighting, Water Flow, Feeding, Placement & more when it comes to the care of your new Acanthastrea Bowerbanki

by scott Shiles • March 01, 2023

Corals, LPS Coral Care

If you're looking to add a stunning and colorful coral species to your reef tank, the Acanthastrea bowerbanki is an excellent choice. This LPS (Large Polyp Stony) coral species features bright, contrasting colors, unique patterns, and a distinctive shape that make it a striking addition to any aquarium. However, like any other coral species, A. bowerbanki requires proper care and attention to thrive in a reef tank environment. In this blog, we'll discuss how to care for Acanthastrea bowerbanki in a reef tank, including lighting, water parameters, and feeding.


Acanthastrea bowerbanki requires moderate to high lighting levels to thrive. The optimal lighting level for A. bowerbanki is around 150-250 PAR, which is usually achieved using LED or T5 lights. The coral should be placed in a location where it receives moderate to high water flow, as well.

Water Parameters:

Maintaining stable water parameters is crucial for the health and well-being of Acanthastrea bowerbanki. The ideal temperature range for A. bowerbanki is between 75-80°F (24-27°C), and the pH level should be kept between 8.0-8.4. Nitrate and phosphate levels should be kept low, ideally below 5 ppm and 0.05 ppm, respectively. Calcium levels should be maintained between 400-450 ppm, and alkalinity levels should be kept between 8-12 dKH. Weekly water changes of 10-20% should be performed to help maintain water quality and stability.


Acanthastrea bowerbanki is a mixotrophic coral, meaning it obtains nutrients through both photosynthesis and feeding. While the coral can obtain some of its nutritional requirements through photosynthesis, it also requires supplemental feeding to thrive. A. bowerbanki should be fed a varied diet consisting of small pieces of meaty foods such as mysis shrimp, krill, or clam. Feeding should be done once or twice a week, and any uneaten food should be removed from the tank to avoid any water quality issues.


Regular maintenance is necessary to ensure the continued health and growth of Acanthastrea bowerbanki. The coral should be inspected regularly for signs of disease or stress, such as tissue recession, color loss, or skeleton exposure. If any issues are detected, the coral should be removed from the tank and placed in a quarantine tank for treatment. Additionally, any debris or detritus that accumulates around the coral should be removed during regular tank maintenance.

In conclusion, Acanthastrea bowerbanki is a stunning coral species that can make an excellent addition to a reef tank. Proper care and attention, including providing the right lighting, maintaining stable water parameters, and feeding a varied diet, are essential for the health and well-being of this coral species. With the right care, A. bowerbanki can thrive and contribute to the beauty and diversity of your reef tank.

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