Featured Coral of the Week 3/4/2016 – Joe’s Passionfruit Goni



Also commonly know as the Flowerpot coral or Daisy Coral, Goniopora species are generally considered difficult to moderately difficult to keep alive in captivity.

When opened up these corals look similar to a bouquet of flowers.  Not considered to be overly aggressive towards other corals they can still sting neighboring corals within close proximity as their polyps can extend well beyond their coral skeleton base.  Joe’s Passionfruit Goni is of exceptional color and contrast and this why we have featured this WYSIWYG coral as the AquaNerd Featured Coral of the Week.

Goniopora corals come in a wide range of colors and species and the genus contains the following species:

  • Goniopora columna Dana, 1846
  • Goniopora stokesi Milne Edwards & Haime, 1851
  • Goniopora fruticosa Saville-Kent, 1891
  • Goniopora somaliensis Vaughan, 1907
  • Goniopora djiboutiensis Vaughan, 1907
  • Goniopora stutchburyi Wells, 1955
  • Goniopora burgosi Nemenzo, 1955
  • Goniopora polyformis Zou, 1980
  • Goniopora eclipsensis Veron & Pichon, 1982
  • Goniopora norfolkensis Veron & Pichon, 1982
  • Goniopora palmensis Veron & Pichon, 1982
  • Goniopora pandoraensis Veron & Pichon, 1982
  • Goniopora pendulus Veron, 1985
  • Goniopora cellulosa Veron, 1990
  • Goniopora sultani Veron, DeVantier & Turak, 2002
  • Goniopora pearsoni Veron, 2002
  • Goniopora albiconus Veron, 2002
  • Goniopora ciliatus Veron, 2002
  • Goniopora gracilis (Milne Edwards & Haime)
  • Goniopora klunzingeri
  • Goniopora lobata Milne Edwards & Haime
  • Goniopora mauritiensis Bernard
  • Goniopora minor Crossland
  • Goniopora parvistella Ortman
  • Goniopora planulata (Ehrenberg)
  • Goniopora ceylon Barnard
  • Goniopora reptans Bernard
  • Goniopora savignyi (Dana)
  • Goniopora tenella (Quelch)
  • Goniopora tenuidens Quelch
  • Goniopora viridis Quoy & Gaimard

Being a somewhat difficult coral to care for, Goniopora corals require moderate lighting combined with moderate water movement within the aquarium.  Goniopora are strong feeders and susceptible to death from nutritional deficiencies.  For long term success, they require calcium, strontium, magnesium, and other trace element.  Flowerpot corals also require supplemental foods high in Iron and manganese.  There are different ways to feed Goniopora. For example, they can be target fed with a syringe while the aquarium pumps are temporarily turned off or food can be dispersed in the water column where the Goniopora will feed on its own. When possible, direct feeding works best because more of the food will reach the intended polyps. Alternately, plankton can be placed in the tank with all filtration systems off so the food does not get swept away. The filters should be turned back on after one to two hours to keep the tank clean and livable for all of the creatures.  One of our sponsors, Two Little Fishies makes a coral food called Goniopower that was developed by developed by Justin Credabel for feeding Goniopora and Alveopora, and other suspension feeding marine invertebrates such as sea fans, feather dusters and more.


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Scott Groseclose is the owner of AquaNerd, Aquarium Specialty, Aqua Specialty Wholesale, BioTek Marine, & The Carolina Reef Experience. He has a degree in Biology from St. Andrews University and he has been a passionate reef keeper since 1988.