About the ORA Confusa Montipora Coral
Care Level: Easy
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Filter Feeder
Minimum Tank Size: 10 Gallons
Placement: Middle to Top
Waterflow: Medium to High
Lighting: Moderate to strong
The ORA Confusa is a horizontal plating Montipora with very pronounced ridges covering its undulating surface. The overall green coloration is interrupted between the ridges by small brown polyps while the plate edge and new growth are intense purple in color. Occasionally this coral grows thick, columnar upright branches, though we have yet to figure out what environment is most conducive to this growth form. This is a relatively slow growing coral that achieves best coloration under strong lighting conditions though it is always best to gradually acclimate corals to a different lighting intensity. We are especially happy to see the ORA Confusa making it to market as it has been in our collection for many, many years and it has always been an employee favorite.
These coral frags are well encrusted to the base on which they are grown. They are fully matured as individual coral colonies. Designed to be grown-out in the home aquarium, they range in size from 2-4 inches, and are mounted on 1/2″ inch diameter plastic plugs. These frags are truly aquacultured specimens, 6 or 7 generations removed from the original wild colonies. No tissue or skeleton of wild brood-stock corals remain.
The advanced quality control methods used, ensure only problem-free specimens are sold. These corals are grown in a greenhouse culture facility in Florida and/or the Marshall Islands. They are under shaded sunlight, complemented by 250 Watt, 10,000K double-ended HQI Metal Halide lights. They are fully ready to be acclimated to aquarium light, water and flow conditions. They are grown in natural seawater so proper acclimation to artificial saltwater is recommended.
Frags grown on plastic plugs can be mounted in a number of different ways. Many hobbyists just place the plug between pieces of live rock. Another method is to drill a 1/2″ diameter hole in the rock and simply place the plug in the hole. This method can be used to mount the coral at different angles. Some aquarists simply snap the coral off the plug and use epoxy to mount it to the rock.
1.5 – 2 inches