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How to Care for Montipora in a Reef Tank

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

by scott Shiles • March 01, 2023

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Montipora is a popular coral species that is commonly found in reef tanks due to its vibrant colors and unique growth patterns. However, caring for Montipora in a reef tank can be a bit tricky as it requires proper lighting, water flow, and nutrient levels. In this blog, we will discuss some essential tips on how to care for Montipora in a reef tank.


Montipora corals require high-intensity lighting to thrive. Make sure you provide them with adequate lighting by using powerful LED lights or metal halides. The ideal lighting intensity for Montipora corals is between 200-400 PAR.

Water flow:

Proper water flow is essential for Montipora corals as it helps to remove waste and debris from their surface. Make sure to provide them with moderate to strong water flow to keep them healthy. It is also essential to place them in areas with adequate water flow as they can suffer from tissue recession if they are in low flow areas.

Water quality:

Montipora corals require stable and high-quality water conditions. Ensure that the water parameters are consistent and stable, including pH, temperature, salinity, and nutrient levels. Use a reliable test kit to monitor the water parameters regularly.

Nutrient levels:

Montipora corals require low nutrient levels to thrive. High levels of nutrients can lead to algae growth, which can harm the coral. Make sure to keep the nitrate levels below 5 ppm and the phosphate levels below 0.05 ppm.


Montipora corals obtain most of their nutrients through photosynthesis, but they also require some supplemental feeding. Feed them small amounts of reef-specific coral food twice a week to keep them healthy.


Proper placement is crucial for Montipora corals. They require a stable surface to grow, so make sure to place them on a solid rock or substrate. They also prefer to be placed in areas with moderate to high water flow.


If your Montipora coral grows too large, you may need to frag it. Fragging involves cutting the coral into small pieces and attaching them to a new surface. Make sure to use sterilized tools and gloves to prevent contamination.

In conclusion, caring for Montipora in a reef tank requires proper lighting, water flow, water quality, nutrient levels, feeding, placement, and fragging. By following these tips, you can ensure that your Montipora corals thrive and add beauty to your reef tank. Remember to monitor the water parameters regularly and make adjustments as needed to keep your Montipora coral healthy and happy. Take a look at our collection of LPS Corals

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