Fluorescent Green Star Polyps are easy to keep and are a great choice for the beginner. Star Polyps are an encrusting coral that can grow their dense colonies over rocks and even up the glass. They wave in the currents beautifully and give the reef a wild overgrown appearance. They provide a natural backdrop to your prized show corals.
Star Polyps can be placed almost anywhere in the aquarium where moderate currents will supply them with free-floating food. Leave several inches between them and other specimens, as they will usually expand their colony. They can overgrow some other types of coral so eventual trimming may be necessary. Star Polyps can be cultured by placing small pieces of the colony in different locations within the aquarium.
Green Star Polyps are shipped as colonies with numerous polyps attached to one rock. Please note that Green Star Polyps come in many different shades of green. The exact color of green may vary.
Lighting & Flow Requirements:
Fluorescent Green Star Polyps require moderate water flow and low to moderate lighting (PAR 80-250) to maintain their color. T5's, Metal Halides, or LED's can all grow polyps and zoanthids when the proper PAR levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.
It is important that proper calcium (420-440 ppm), alkalinity (8-9.5 dkh - run it 7-8 if you are carbon dosing) , and magnesium levels (1260-1350 ppm) are maintained. Raising magnesium levels gradually up to 1400-1600 ppm can help to combat algae outbreaks, just keep CA and Alk in line as you raise the Mg. Nitrates should be below 10 ppm and phosphates should be below .10 ppm. We recommend doing a water change when Nitrate levels rise to 10 ppm. It is important to replace your phosphate media when phosphates rise to .10 ppm. Media Reactors make the most efficient use of your phosphate media by fluidizing it.
Vivid Aquariums uses and recommends dosing pumps to automate the dosing of additives and keep your levels more constant. A dosing pump can alleviate the chore of manually dosing your aquarium with Ca, Alk, & Mg 2,3, or 4 times per week and will benefit your aquarium by keeping your levels constant through frequent small additions of Ca, Alk, & Mg. Our tanks all progressed when we switched from 3 manual dosings per week to 70 automatic dosings per week and we got a lot more work done.
Mount the Fluorescent Green Star Polyps using IC gel glue, or putty, on an exposed rock or ledge in the aquarium where they will receive direct flow and light.
Vivid Aquariums recommends feeding Star Polyps with Phytoplankton & Marine Snow. Target feeding gets the corals fed using less food while keeping your nitrates and phosphates lower.