Pink Polyped Porites monticulosa Original AtlantisAquarium.net colony.
This unique coral at first appears similar to a Montipora due to its very small polyps.
The pigmentation and the shape of the polyps however are very distinctive.
This is a new and very unusual coral. At first glance it appears as a massive Montipora
species with brilliantly colored polyps. Upon closer examination the pink polyps however have
a very unique pigmentation and form. The polyps are mainly pink with white markings. The
tentacles also have a unique shape and distribution pattern around the polyp mouth. The
main base surface of the coral can also contain pigmentation. We currently believe that
this is a Porites monticulosa species.
The coral was found by Mingwei and Joleen of
AtlantisAquarium.net . Mingwei found the coral in a local wholesale facility within the
Bay Area of California during the spring of 2006. It was exported from Indonesia. This coral
is relatively new and its precise captive requirements are not currently known. Mingwei
believes that this is a low light coral. Steve Tyree is maintaining a farmed section of this
coral for reeffarmers.com in one of his 125 gallon naturally filtered Tri-Zonal Reef Aquariums.
In Steve's captive reef the coral is positoned to recieve weak to moderate light levels under
a 400 watt 20,000 K Radium Metal Halide. Please note - On August 2010 Reeffarmers retired
this coral. It proved to be difficult to grow long term. We no longer maintain a seed of this
Pink Polyped Porites monticulosa Original AtlantisAquarium.net colony closeup.
Note the very unique and distinctive polyps. They are pink with white markings.