I thought I would share my experience with this beautiful coral.
The Green Birdsnest Coral, Seriatopora guttatus, is characterized by irregular, delicate branches that are thin and come to a slight point, and has neon green polyps that extend far enough to give it a fuzzy look.
According to Live Aquaria, it requires high lighting and irregular flow.
I purchased mine on impulse, doing very little research, from my phone, while staring at the frag. Here is a picture of the frag, freshly placed, on Januray 16, 2012.
I was never very sure if I wanted to keep it there or if I would move it later, so I didn't secure it, simply wedged it into a hole in the rock.
It grows gradually enough that I only really noticed how different it looks a few days ago. This picture was taken on March 27, 2012.
(For some reason, it uploaded upside down. I can't seem to fix it).
Though I am sure it would do better under higher lighting, this growth was under 108 watts of T5 HO
, about 6 inches below the surface, with the lights about 3 inches above that.
Having watched this coral grow as quickly as my Montipora Capricornis, I am comfortable saying that it can do well under lower lighting than many other SPS
corals. I intend to increase my lighting before purchasing any others, though.