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How to Care for Micromussa in Reef Tank

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

by scott Shiles • March 31, 2023

Corals, LPS Coral Care

Micromussa, also known as the "tooth coral," is a type of large-polyp stony coral that belongs to the family Mussidae. It is a popular and sought-after coral species among reef aquarium enthusiasts due to its striking colors and unique appearance.

Micromussa can be found in the warm waters of the Indo-Pacific region, including the Red Sea, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Caribbean. This coral species is typically found in shallow waters and can be identified by its fleshy appearance and large, colorful polyps.

In a reef tank, Micromussa requires specific care to thrive and maintain its vibrant colors. Here are some essential care tips for this coral species:

Lighting: Micromussa requires moderate to high lighting levels, similar to other LPS (large-polyp stony) corals. A mix of blue and white LED lights or metal halide lamps can be used to provide the ideal lighting conditions.

Water Flow: Micromussa prefers moderate water flow, which can be achieved through the use of a wavemaker or powerhead. A strong water flow can damage the coral's fleshy tissue, while low flow can lead to the buildup of debris and detritus.

Feeding: Micromussa is a photosynthetic coral that derives much of its energy from the zooxanthellae algae that live within its tissues. However, it can also benefit from supplemental feeding. Offer small pieces of meaty foods like shrimp or fish, once or twice a week.

Water Parameters: Maintaining stable water parameters is crucial for Micromussa. Keep water temperature between 75-82°F, salinity levels between 1.023-1.025, and pH levels between 8.0-8.4. Avoid sudden changes in water parameters, as this can stress the coral and make it susceptible to disease.

Placement: Micromussa should be placed on a solid surface in the lower to middle regions of the tank. Avoid placing it near aggressive or stinging coral species, as they can damage the fleshy tissue.

In conclusion, Micromussa is a beautiful and unique coral species that requires specific care in a reef tank. By providing the ideal lighting, water flow, feeding, and water parameters, you can help this coral thrive and add a vibrant pop of color to your aquarium.

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