Make sure that you understand Frog Spawn coral care if you are thinking about growing such a coral at home. If you aren’t really familiar with the coral, you need to understand the nature whether it is easy (or difficult) to care, the proper location of the coral, the proper care for the growth, or how fast it will grow. So, let’s dig further into the facts and knowledge of the care.
The Basic Coral Care
If you want your coral to grow successfully, there are several basic requirements that you need to meet. One key element in Frog Spawn coral care is to provide ideal aquarium conditions so it will grow and thrive. There are 3 main key areas that you can focus on:
- Water chemistry
- Proper placement, which also includes enough water light intensity and water flow
Frog Spawn coral care requires ideal water chemistry so the coral would grow, be healthy, and also be happy. Make sure that you provide such water parameter while maintaining it at the same time. In general, here is the basic standard:
The temperature should be between 78 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit (or around 25.5 to 27.8 degrees Celsius)
- The pH is 8.2
- The alkalinity level should be 8 to 12
- The calcium should be at least 400 ppm
- The salinity should be at around 1.025 in specific gravity
- The nitrates, nitrites, and ammonia should be 0
In the native environment or the wild condition, the combination of waves, water current, and also tides would contribute to the growth of your Frogspawn coral. They will bring nutrients, food, and oxygen to the corals while at the same time sweeping the waste away. The sun provides natural and perfect sunlight to maintain (and sustain) the growth.
In saltwater aquarium, you need to imitate and recreate the conditions. That’s why you need to make use of the aquarium powerheads and pumps to create such (life-sustaining) LED lights and water flow to replace all of the natural elements in the wild.
Because the coral can’t move on its own, you need to choose the right location for it. The ideal placement of one aquarium to another one would be different. But you need to place the coral in the right location of not too much or not too less. Place it in the location where the water flow isn’t too strong or too slow. And put it under the light intensity that isn’t too bright or too dark. Place the coral in a moderate water flow and moderate light.
You want to place the coral in moderate water current. If it is too strong, the polyps may be retracted because they are afraid of being torn or damaged. It is even possible that they are torn off. If it is too slow, the water doesn’t provide enough nutrients and oxygen to support strong and solid growth. The same thing also applies to the light intensity. Place the coral in the area where the light intensity is moderate. If put in the area where there is too intense light, they will bleach and die. If places in dark areas, they may starve because they may not get enough food. That’s why placement is crucial.
In the event that you have strong lighting intensity, the most ideal placement would close (or toward) the bottom side of the tank. It is also ideal to place it close to the substrate. The outer perimeter or the off (to the side) of the aquarium light would also be an ideal placement. If you have a small nano fish tank and the LED lights are pretty weak, place the coral to the middle side. The same area would also incorporate moderate flow, which is provided by the powerhead or gyre pump.
Considerations with Frogspawn Coral
One thing to remember about Frog Spawn coral care is about spacing. You want to make sure that you have enough space between the Frogspawn coral with other corals within the fish tank. Well, if you are thinking about placing the Frogspawn alone, it won’t be a big issue, but if you are thinking about mixing it up with other creatures (fish or corals), then you will have to consider several things.
Frogspawn corals have sweeper tentacles with stingers. The coral is an aggressive type and it makes use of its sweeper tentacles to attack. The sting from the tentacles will create significant damage to the corals. Since the sweeper tentacles are the nature of the creature, your best way is to provide around 6 inches of space on each side. You can try stacking another corals close-by, but you will regret your decision. You will see that your Frogspawn coral will burn the nearby corals.
If you want to place other corals close-by, you will need to choose another similar (and familiar) Euphyllia species too, such as Torch or Anchor corals. If you choose the similar Euphyllia types, they would somewhat not hurt each other. It would be a good idea to place similar Euphyllia species together in the same fish tank so they can live in harmony without hurting one another. And it would be a good idea to avoid high water flow so the sweeper tentacles formation would remain intact.
Do you need to acclimate the corals? Yes, you do. In fact, it would be the key factor for the coral. If you move the corals with dramatic and significant changes, then acclimation would be crucial. The changes from more lighting to less condition (or vice versa) will stress the corals. The same thing will also happen when you have to move the corals from less water current to a stronger one. If the corals are overwhelmed, they may bleach and then die. When you first move your corals, it is best to scale it, especially the lights. Scale it back and then increase the intensity slowly to help your corals adjust itself to the new condition.
Corals are animals, so they need to eat. Whereas most people think that they are plants, they are actually not. They are animals with zooxanthellae inside them. Zooxanthellae are tiny organisms and creatures that will convert light energy to sugars, which will be food for these corals. These are the nutrition for the corals, but it would be better to feed the corals, besides providing them with light.
You can perform spot feeding. Use Julian’s Thing or Sea Squirt to drop some meaty and small foods on the polyps. Make sure that the food particles are small enough to match the corals mouth. It may take a while to get used to the feeding process, but you can always do it.
Different Varieties of Frogspawn Coral
As a part of Frog Spawn coral care, there are two major Frogspawn species within saltwater aquarium setting. The most popular one is the Euphyllia Paradivisa. Euphyllia is the basic genus containing Torch and also Hammer corals. It also includes other species (of Frogspawn coral) known as Euphyllia Divisia.
Euphyllis Paradivisa is a cluster of thin and small branches that are easy to frag. Euphyllia Divisia is a single and walled coral. If you try to find them at local fish stores, they may be sold or categorized as their colors, such as green or blue. If the color morphs are exotic and rare, the corals would be more expensive.
Problems with Frogspawn Care
Rest assured that there are common issues that are usually related to Frog Spawn coral care. As a part of LPS hardy species, they aren’t really fussy to care, but there are several common issues that may arise from caring the coral.
Coral’s life is tough. These corals depend so much on their surroundings and also environments. That’s what makes corals tough and adaptable. They are able to protect themselves in various ways. Some algae and corals produce chemicals, while others try to shade out and grow-over. Others have sweeper stinging tentacles that can attack their neighbors. If you see significant damages at the bordering polyps, especially for different species, then you likely have aggression issue. The best way to deal with it is to provide more space, to relate the colony, or to frag the corals.
- Polyp Issues
In some cases, the polyps may be nipped or eaten. It usually happens when you mix the corals with some fish that have appetite for the corals. If you see that the polyps aren’t extending themselves, then you have nipping issue.
Another common issue related to the polyp is the fact that they aren’t opening up. Frogspawn polyps should expand and grow, so when they are closing up, then there is something wrong. It’s possible that there is an Angelfish or Butterflyfish nipping on the polyps. Or there are some clownfish that wish to ‘change’ the corals to be anemone. Again, you need to place the corals in the moderate area with moderate lighting and moderate water flow.
- Physical Damages
Corals are big and fleshy creatures that are sensitive to damage. When you handle them roughly, you may hurt them. You will have to carefully handle them, move them, or adjust the nearby live rock.
- Brown Jelly Infections
This coral is sensitive to brown jelly infection. The first reason is because of injury or trauma. When it happens, it is prone to protozoan infection. If you see that your polyps turn into a brown jelly that is disgusting and foul-smelling, then it is highly likely the brown jelly infection. It is also possible that the corals are somewhat weak, so when they are attacked by the brown jelly, they are infested. When it happens, it may affect the entire colony.
So, when the infection happens, you need to ‘amputate’ the affected areas. Cut off the ‘sick’ areas and then remove them immediately. If you can save the whole colony, you need to remove them all to a quarantine tank and treat them. If the problem is too serious or difficult, then you need to remove the colony.
Corals can bleach for several reasons. When they are stressed out or when they get direct white-hot light (too intense light). If they bleach out, you may be able to cure them. But it is also possible that it is too late and the corals die.
Fragging and Propagation
Fragging is also a proper Frog Spawn coral care that you can do on your own. It is crucial to maintain and control the population. Fargging is fairly easy. You only need to saw, cut, or snap the branches. Be sure to do it close to the base and then move the frag to areas that you want to attach.
In the overall end, caring for the Frogspawn isn’t difficult as long as you know what to do and you know the correct water parameter. The Frog Spawn coral care requires many trial and error, so you should learn by doing.