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Title Coral Profile: Green Star Polyps

Tanner Crawford

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A hobby classic beginner coral: Green Star Polyps

Common Name: Green Star Polyps 

Scientific Name: Briareium sp. 

Region found: Indonesia, rubble rock area of reefs around the world 

Care Requirements:

Flow- medium- high

Lighting- medium- high

Food/Nutrients- These corals are photosynthetic and will grow in a range of parameters and express different lengths and colors of polyps based on the type and location in a reef tank.They can take in micro nutrients that are broadcast into the tank like AquaLife Reef Cafe and will grab food particles and frozen foods out of the water column opportunistically.  

Unique characteristics- The Green Star Polyps coral are an indicator of water quality, as they are very reactive to water changes and parameter shifts. The levels of alkalinity and salinity need to be maintained well to keep these flowing corals growing fully.

They are often referred to as beginner corals because they can also take over the rock work with their “carpeting” form of spreading. They have a purple base that the green polyps come out of and can spread rapidly if not maintained on an island rock separated from the main rock work. 

Prefered conditions-

pH- 8.2- 8.4

Temperature- 72-78 F

Salinity 1.024-1.026

dKH 8-128

Recommended Items:

These are a few items that can help you succeed with this and many more corals that are available in store. Talk to a sales staff member about your tank and the specific needs of your reef. 


AL581 Magnesium

AL582 Calcium

AL583 Alkalinity 

AL813 Amino Glow


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