Write-Up Wednesday: Montipora Undata (Montipora undata)
Montipora Undata (Montipora undata) is easily one of my favorite corals. With it’s purple rim, green body and metallic blue-green polyps, this coral is an eye-catcher even when it is just a frag.
Undata grows quickly so it won’t be frag-sized for long. I have this coral in several client tanks and it lays down 1/2″ (13mm) to 3/4″ (20mm) of growth a month even in medium intensity lighting. It’s growth is usually done in a plate type pattern and it is not unusual for it to also grow vertically through spires that it sends reaching to the light source.
Another reason I love montipora undata is that it is very easy to frag and it recovers quickly from the fragging process. Bone cutters make for easy fragging of the coral and you can also break of pieces with your fingers if you are brave enough.
This coral is also highly adaptable as it grows well in both medium and high light. Medium flow across the coral will keep it happy.
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Although I would argue that undata is not really a green corol 🙂
Atul…it’s green man! When you look up close it isn’t, but from a distance, its green!
Good thing you waited until AFTER St. Patrick’s day to make any comments about Green Coral… 😛
In all seriousness cool article!!
Mine is definitely green with purple rim, with bluish polyps. Pic: http://reggie.suplido.com/corals/montipora_undata_201503.jpg
When I got it as a frag, it was greenish with white polyps, similar to the pic on the article.
Great article Mark. You should do more like this about corals
Yes, I agree it is a beautiful coral and I shall keep my eye open for one to add to my aquarium, what is the most usual cost of a coral like this.
Please do more articles like this.