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LPS (Large Polyp Stony) Coral Care Sheet

LPS Corals, characterized by larger fleshy polyps, bring diversity and vibrant colors to a reef aquarium. Proper care is essential to ensure the health and well-being of these corals.

Tank Requirements:
1. Tank Size: Provide a tank with a minimum of 50 gallons for a variety of LPS corals. Larger tanks offer more space for diverse LPS species.

2. Water Parameters:
- Temperature: 74-80°F (23-27°C)
- Salinity: 1.024-1.026
- pH: 8.1-8.4
- Alkalinity: 8-12 dKH
- Calcium: 400-450 ppm
- Magnesium: 1250-1350 ppm
- Phosphates: <0.03 ppm
- Nitrate: <5 ppm

3. Lighting:
- Provide moderate to high lighting. LED systems designed for reef tanks with a spectrum that includes blue, white, and violet are suitable.

1. Water Flow: Moderate water flow is recommended to prevent detritus buildup around the corals.

2. Placement: Space the LPS corals adequately to prevent aggressive interactions. Place them in the mid to lower levels of the tank.

1. Photosynthesis: LPS corals derive a portion of their nutrition through photosynthesis. Ensure adequate lighting for this process.

2. Supplementary Feeding: Feed LPS corals regularly with a variety of foods, including mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, and specialized coral foods. Target feeding can enhance their health and coloration.

1. Water Changes: Regular water changes (10-20% monthly) help maintain stable water parameters and remove accumulated waste.

2. Coral Dips: Quarantine new corals and perform coral dips to prevent introducing pests or diseases.

3. Coral Husbandry: Trim or frag corals if needed, and ensure proper spacing to prevent overgrowth or aggressive interactions.

Common Issues:
1. Stress: LPS corals may exhibit stress if exposed to sudden changes in lighting or water conditions. Acclimate them gradually to prevent adverse reactions.

2. Aggression: Some LPS corals can extend sweeper tentacles. Ensure adequate spacing to prevent damage to neighboring corals.

LPS corals can coexist with a variety of tankmates, but monitor for potential aggression with other corals. Provide sufficient space to prevent territorial disputes.

Final Tips:
1. Regularly monitor water parameters using reliable test kits.
2. Observe the feeding response of your LPS corals and adjust feeding frequency accordingly.
3. Provide a stable and well-maintained environment for optimal LPS coral health.

By following these guidelines, your LPS corals can thrive, showcasing their unique beauty and contributing to the overall diversity of your reef aquarium.

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