Blastomussa wellsi and blastomussa merletti: details, price and information for the maintenance of these two species ofblastomussa.
THEcoralssuchBlastomussathey take the common name ofpineapple coralsfor the conformation that vaguely recalls the peel of the exotic fruit. They sport large polyps, sometimes with a tubular structure.
Thepriceof these specimens is closely related to the size of the polyps, the number of polyps and above all to the coloring. The most common specimens have shades of brown, however they are found on the marketpineapple coralswith very particular contrasting colors. As you wander around the shops, you will be able to see a specimen ofred blastomussawith a green interior, but also orange and yellow ...
The price also varies according to the period. In the vicinity of some bans or new regulations on coral imports, the blastomussa sees a surge in prices. Thereblastomussa wellsiit tends to be more expensive than the specieslacebut it all depends on the size and color of the coral. Another determining factor in thepriceis the reseller.
In my aquarium I have twoblastomusse lace very showy, the first purple and green color and the second purple and blue (rarer), both have very large tubular polyps. I don't miss a blue and green specimen of the wellsi blastomussa. Some retailers propose a price based on the number of polyps, there are also those who propose one blastomussa indicating a price of 30 - 50 euros per octopus…. Unfortunately the coral trade isabsurdand each retailer does a little as they prefer. Two very similar specimens can be purchased with considerable price differences!
Blastomussa meletti: sheet
Origin: Western Pacific Ocean, particularly the Red Sea, East Africa and Northern Japan.
Habitat: deeper slopes of the coral reef, typically populating murky waters.
Description: When the polyps extend, the coral appears as a single cluster where each polyp takes on a vaguely circular shape. Colors can change.
Position in the aquarium: this coral, like all lps, requires moderate water movement. Better to place it in places with less intense brightness. Coral opens up and lives well even in bright light but with high water movements and lots of light, coral grows more slowly.
Please note: it is a lps particularly sensitive to contact with other corals. Keep it well separated even from soft corals, especially the Sarcophyton genus.
Supply: it is a photosynthetic coral, however I recommend a weekly administration of zooplankton or other coral food as indicated at the end of the page.
Cutting: experts can risk a multiplication by fragmentation. The genreblastomussaresponds well to multiplication by cuttings.
The blastomussa merleti species is shown in the photo above.
Blastomussa wellsi: tab
Origin: Western Pacific Ocean, particularly the Red Sea, South China, South Japan and South Australia.
Natural habitat: it has a vast distribution and populates very disparate environments. Likeblastomussa lace, also the specieswellsiit is generally found in murky waters and between reef slopes.
Description: the diameter of the polyps is much greater than that of the speciesblastomussa lace, for this reason they have apricehigher. If kept in good conditions, the colony multiplies autonomously by asexual budding of the marginal polyps.
Position in the aquarium: also in this case, the coral should be placed in an area with low light intensity and moderate water movements. A high water movement inhibits growth. A good location is the side areas of the rocks or the aquarium itself.
Keep in mind that the genreblastomussa(so both the speciesblastomussa lace, both the speciesblastomussa wellsi) is particularly defenseless and therefore also in this case it is important to maintain a clear distance with the other corals. Corals of the genusSarcophytoncan damage theblastomussa.
By giving to theblastomussaenough space, this coral will grow easily.
The most common example is generallyredwith a central green area. Coralsblastomussamore expensive ones have different colored polyps from the same structure.
In the photo, one blastomussa wellsi.
Blastomussa in the aquarium
If the specimen has very large and open polyps, it is better never to remove it from the water and not move it. Movement can damage coral. Better handle theblastomussawhen the coral is "closed".
To ensure good growth, in addition to the weekly feeding of coral food, make sure you have good concentrations of calcium, magnesium, strontium and trace amounts of iodine.
Which coral foods to use? Enough of the plankton, however, in order not to weigh down the tank and avoid an increase in nitrates, I advise you to use a "clean formulation", that is not too rich like the classic zooplankton. Among the various products on the market, I would recommend Red Sea coral food A + B Reef Energy (unlike other coral foods it does not stink and weighs down the water less).
Where to find it? In specialized stores, or by taking advantage of online sales where 2 bottles (one called A and one called B) can be bought at a price of 19.70 euros with free shipping costs. For the dosage, stick to what you read on the label but don't forget how populated your tank is ... If you have any doubts, better one ml less than one more! So try not to overdo it…! For all the info on the product, I refer you to the official Amazon page: “Red Sea Reef Energy A + B“.
Note: after administration, deactivate the skimmer for 15 minutes.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Cnidaria
- Class: Anthozoa
- Subclass: Hexacorallia
- Order: Scleractinia
- Family: Mussidae
- Genus: Blastomussa
- Species described: Blastomussa Merleti is Blastomussa wellsi