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Bubble Plerogyra Coral - Plerogyra species - Bubble Coral - Octobubble Coral

Bubble Plerogyra Coral - Plerogyra species - Bubble Coral - Octobubble Coral
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Bubble Plerogyra Coral is a very interesting add on in your marine aquarium. Its unique bubbly structure in sober shades makes Bubble Plerogyra Coral a desirable candidate for a reef aquarium. The brief discussion here relates you to the various dimensions of Bubble Plerogyra Coral that may guide you towards its maintenance in your marine aquarium.

Other names: Bubble Plerogyra Coral is scientifically called Plerogyra species.

Coral Type: Bubble Plerogyra Coral is a Large Polyp Stony (LPS) Coral.

Origin or natural range: The Plerogyra species originates from the Indo-Pacific region including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.

Color: Bubble Plerogyra Coral occurs in tan, cream, brown and pink colors.


  • Bubble Plerogyra Coral is quite hardy.
  • As the name suggests, Bubble Plerogyra Coral has a lot of bubble shaped polyps on its surface.
  • The skeleton, scientifically called Corallite, of the Plerogyra species is composed of Calcium Carbonate, is ridged and has a solid base. The skeleton is, however, visible only when the polyps are closed or shrunk.
  • The polyps of Bubble Plerogyra Coral have sweeper tentacles with stinging cells, nematocysts, at their tips.
  • The large bubble shaped tentacles catalyze the food manufacturing process, called photosynthesis, happening within Bubble Plerogyra Coral and therefore the tentacles inflate during the day.
  • The smaller tentacles catch food.
  • The polyps of Bubble Plerogyra Coral are quite delicate and can be damaged easily. Therefore, be very particular while handling the Plerogyra species.
Compatibility: Bubble Plerogyra Coral is aggressive towards the other marine aquarium invertebrates.

Growth environment in your marine aquarium: The Plerogyra species grows rapidly in size if the following environmental specifications are met in your aquarium:
  • Temperature: Seventy-two to seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Specific gravity: 1.023 to 1.025.
  • pH: 8.10 to 8.40.
  • Illumination:
    • Bubble Plerogyra Coral requires medium lighting in the reef aquarium it inhabits.
    • High output fluorescent lighting is fine.
    • The color of Bubble Plerogyra Coral is defined by the intensity of light it is exposed to.
  • Water flow in the aquarium:
    • Maintain moderate water current in the marine aquarium hosting Bubble Plerogyra Coral.
    • Strong water current may prohibit the Plerogyra species from spreading itself fully.
  • Marine aquarium habit & habitat:
    • Place Bubble Plerogyra Coral in an aquarium with the capacity of fifty gallons and above.
    • Give ample space to the Plerogyra species to expand itself fully. If obstructed while stretching, Bubble Plerogyra Coral may sting the other corals in its vicinity.
  • Feeding & Nutrition:
    • Bubble Plerogyra Coral derives its nutrition mainly through photosynthesis which is being performed by zooxanthellae, a photosynthetic alga living symbiotically within the bubble shaped tentacles of the Plerogyra species.
    • Bubble Plerogyra Coral is Carnivorous in its feeding habits and when opens at night, filter feeds on a few occurrences per week. Bubble Plerogyra Coral feeds upon frozen meaty bits of squid, raw shrimp, Mysis Shrimp, silverside and fish, phytoplankton and zooplankton.
    • Add Calcium, Strontium and trace elements in the water as dietary supplements for Bubble Plerogyra Coral.
    • Maintain the Calcium level in the aquarium water at 400 ppm.
  • Bubble Plerogyra Coral requires moderate care.
  • The polyps of the Plerogyra species are quite delicate and can get hurt very easily. Handle the Bubble Plerogyra Coral very carefully from its hard base only.
  • Hermit Crab may disturb the Plerogyra species. Therefore, avoid keeping the crab and the coral in the same aquarium.
Caution: Keep Bubble Plerogyra Coral away from the other corals in your marine aquarium as it may sting them.

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