Psammocora is a relatively uncommon small polyp stony (SPS) coral in reef aquariums.
This species often forms flattened pillar-like branches on encrusting bases. Polyps are small and evenly spread over the corals surface, which from a distance can give the coral a velvet appearance.
Septa are fused in the corallite center, which give a star or flower look to each polyp.
Psammocora is commonly found encrusting on live rock on reef fronts, in shades of brown, grey or green.
While uncommon, Psammocora is a great addition to aquarium diversity that is fast-growing and can tolerate a wide range of conditions.
Basic Water Parameters
8.0 to 8.3
34 - 36ppt
24.0 - 26.0 Celsius
Some turbulence required
Limited ability to damage other corals.
- 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.”