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Care Level for Stylocoeniella Coral
Ease of Care: Moderate. Stylocoeniella is a hardy encrusting coral, but it does benefit from stable water conditions and specific lighting needs.
Lighting: Low to Moderate. While Stylocoeniella can adapt to different lighting conditions, it generally prefers lower to moderate lighting. Too intense lighting might cause it to lose its vibrant coloration.
Water Flow: Low to Moderate. A gentle water flow helps in nutrient delivery and prevents sediment accumulation without being forceful.
Water Parameters: Stability is key. Maintain a salinity between 1.023 to 1.025 specific gravity, pH between 8.1 to 8.4, and temperatures from 75°F to 79°F. Monitoring of alkalinity, calcium, and magnesium levels consistently is also vital.
Dietary Needs: Stylocoeniella, like many corals, has symbiotic zooxanthellae that provide nutrition through photosynthesis. However, it can also benefit from direct feeding of zooplankton.
Recommended Foods: Fine zooplankton, phytoplankton, and other specialized coral foods can provide supplemental nutrition.
Feeding Frequency: If opting for direct feeding, once a week is generally adequate. Always observe the coral's reaction and adjust feeding practices as needed.