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How to care for Goniastrea Coral in a Reef Tank

Find out how to properly care for your new Goniastrea coral with this "how-to" guide on the requirements for healthy Goniastrea 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 Goniastrea coral

by scott Shiles • February 27, 2023

Corals, LPS Coral Care

Goniastrea corals (LPS Coral) are one of the most common types of coral found in reef tanks. These beautiful corals have a distinctive appearance with their flattened, circular shape and bumpy surface texture. Like any other coral, Goniastrea requires proper care and attention to thrive in a reef tank. In this blog, we will discuss how to care for Goniastrea coral in a reef tank.


Lighting is crucial for the growth and survival of Goniastrea coral. It is essential to provide the correct amount and quality of light to keep the coral healthy. Goniastrea corals prefer moderate to high lighting intensity, but they can also adapt to low lighting conditions. Ensure that your lighting system provides a range of light spectrums to meet the coral's needs.

Water Flow:

Goniastrea corals require moderate water flow to thrive. Too little water flow can lead to the accumulation of debris and detritus on the coral's surface, while too much water flow can damage the coral's tissue. Place your Goniastrea coral in an area with moderate water flow, and ensure that the water circulation is evenly distributed throughout the tank.

Water Quality:

Maintaining stable water parameters is crucial for the health of Goniastrea coral. Ensure that your reef tank's water quality is within the acceptable range for pH, alkalinity, calcium, and magnesium levels. Any fluctuations in water parameters can lead to stress and tissue damage in the coral. Regular water changes and testing can help you maintain stable water quality.


Goniastrea coral is primarily photosynthetic, but they can also benefit from supplemental feeding. Feed your coral with small pieces of meaty foods, such as brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, or zooplankton. Feed your coral once or twice a week to supplement their nutritional needs.

Tank Placement:

Goniastrea coral requires ample space to grow and expand. Ensure that you place your coral in a location that provides enough space for growth without touching other corals or tank decorations. If your coral is in close proximity to other corals, it may lead to aggressive behavior, which can damage the coral's tissue.

In conclusion, Goniastrea coral is a stunning addition to any reef tank, and proper care is crucial to maintain its health and vibrancy. Providing adequate lighting, water flow, and water quality, along with supplemental feeding, can help your Goniastrea coral thrive in your reef tank. Always observe your coral's behavior and appearance regularly to catch any potential issues early on. With the right care, your Goniastrea coral can provide beauty and enjoyment for many years to come.

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