The Acropora tenuis comes in a variety of colors and certain variations garner a lot of attention, especially ones with multiple, contrasting colors. The Walt Disney Tenuis is probably the most sought after A. tenuis given it’s eye-popping array of colors. Yes, reef keepers do go gaga over this coral and, as a result, it commands a ridiculously high price.

 

However, there are many other beautiful A. tenuis corals available that are more affordable for those who are squeamish about spending hundreds of dollars on one small frag (I count myself as a member of this club).

 

Super Blue Tenuis

 

The colors of the branches are typically blue, yellow, green or cream while the tips are normally purple or blue. The branches grow close together in a cluster, ball-like form and resemble a tabling Acropora under certain conditions.

 

A. tenuis require moderate to strong lighting and will do fine when given the proper PAR under T5s, metal halides and LEDs. I would recommend placing a frag in the top half of a tank, which is where I have one under a 400W 20,000K Radium bulb. As for circulation, medium to strong flow is required to keep the coral happy.


 

Overall, an A. tenuis is a beautiful edition to any reef tank that will thrive when the proper calcium (400-440 ppm), alkalinity (8-9 dkh) and magnesium levels (1300-1400 ppm) are maintained. Give one a try the next time you are in the market for a new frag.

 

 

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If you are looking for additional insights and information, please explore my many other reef tank and SPS related articles as well as my book, A ReefBum’s Guide To Keeping an SPS Reef Tank: A Blueprint For Success. Additionally, you can see all of my reef tank videos online now as well as my Live HD Webcam. And if you are interested in purchasing affordable SPS frags that are pest-free and homegrown, you can visit my SPS Frag store.

 

Happy reef keeping!