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How to Care for Pectinia in a Reef Tank

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

by scott Shiles • March 01, 2023

Corals, SPS Coral Care

If you're looking to add some color and texture to your reef tank, Pectinia coral can be a great choice. This species of LPS coral is known for its unique appearance, with fleshy, lobed polyps and a wide variety of colors and patterns. However, like all corals, Pectinia requires specific care to thrive in your aquarium. In this blog post, we'll cover the basics of how to care for Pectinia in a reef tank.

Water Parameters:

First and foremost, you need to ensure that your water parameters are in check. Pectinia prefers alkaline water with a pH between 8.0 and 8.4, as well as stable water temperatures between 75°F and 82°F. Additionally, your aquarium's salinity should be between 1.023 and 1.025, and its nitrate and phosphate levels should be low. Regular water testing and maintenance can help you maintain these parameters.


Pectinia requires moderate to high lighting to thrive, so make sure your aquarium's lighting is sufficient. LED lights are a popular choice for reef tanks, but metal halide and T5 fluorescent bulbs can also work well. The intensity of the lighting should be adjusted based on the specific needs of your Pectinia coral and the other inhabitants of your aquarium.

Water Flow;

Pectinia requires moderate to strong water flow to help it remove waste and debris from its tissue. This can be achieved through the use of powerheads or wavemakers. The direction and intensity of the water flow should be adjusted based on the specific needs of your Pectinia coral.


Pectinia is primarily photosynthetic, which means it obtains most of its nutrition from the symbiotic zooxanthellae living within its tissue. However, it can also benefit from supplemental feedings of small particles of food, such as phytoplankton and zooplankton. Feeding should be done sparingly, and any uneaten food should be promptly removed from the aquarium to prevent water quality issues.


Pectinia should be placed in a stable location within your aquarium. Avoid placing it near aggressive or stinging corals, as well as in areas with low water flow. Additionally, Pectinia should not be placed in direct contact with the aquarium glass, as this can cause damage to its tissue.

In conclusion, caring for Pectinia in a reef tank requires attention to water parameters, lighting, water flow, feeding, and placement. With proper care, Pectinia can be a beautiful addition to your aquarium, adding color and texture to your underwater world.

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