Pectinia sp.

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Common Name: Pectina coral
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Product Source: AU
Product Origin: Great Barrier Reef

“Pectinia” is a small polyp stony (SPS) coral that is also known as Lettuce Coral, Hibiscus Coral, Palm Coral, Carnation Coral, and Cabbage Coral.

They form frilly lettuce-like sheets with ruffled branches that terminate into sharp ends.

Their colonies sometimes feature a cross between laminar vertical sheets and pillar-like branches, with thin walls and wide valleys between the sheets.

Pectinia skeletons are very weak, thin, and fragile. They have a dark center and colonies are coloured fluorescent green, deep red, and shades of cream and brown.

In the wild, Pectinia is commonly collected in turbid waters on horizontal substrates and lower reef slopes. They produce copious amounts of mucus when stressed, and should, therefore, be rinsed or flushed well with running seawater after shipping to avoid fouling the whole system.

Basic Water Parameters
8.0 to 8.3


8.0 to 8.3

34 - 36ppm


34 - 36ppm

24.0 - 26.0 Celsius


24.0 - 26.0 Celsius

Husbandry Requirements
8.0 to 8.3


110-175 PAR

34 - 36ppm


Some turbulence required - High supplemental turbulence required

24.0 - 26.0 Celsius


Has long sweeper tentacles and/or strong stinging ability that can damage most other corals.

Acclimation Guide

  • It is highly recommended to acclimate all corals to a new environment to prevent shocking corals.
  • Place the corals in the water from the packing bags and slowly add the water from new environment (Dripping method is recommended).
  • Use the water parameter above as a guide.
  • When the vessel becomes full , replace the water with the new environment water by a small amount at a time.
  • Ensure the water temperature matches with the new environment’s water.
  • After the corals have spent adequate time in the acclimation water, gently place the corals to a new environment.
  • It is recommended to place new corals under lower light intensity than usually required. Once corals show no signs of stress, it can be moved to higher lighting area gradually.”