THE CORAL ID DIRECTORY | Pavona Bipartita

GOLDEN PAVONA
Pavona Bipartita

Alkalinity: 7.5-9 dKH
Calcium: 400-440 ppm
Magnesium: 1350 ppm
Phosphate: 0.00-0.08 ppm
Nitrate: Low to Zero
Flow: Turbulent
Lighting: Medium
Placement: Low-Mid Tank

This specific Pavona frag was grown at World Wide Corals.

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Scientific Name: Pavona Bipartita
Common Aliases: Golden Pavona / Sunfire Pavona / Yellow Pavona
Growth Pattern: Encrusting
Care Level: Intermediate – requires control of P04 & Alkalinity
Lighting: Mid tank with LED or Halides, Higher placement with T5’s. 
Flow: Turbulent to strong
Most Sensitive to: Alkalinity swings
Common Problems: Alkalinity swings causes bleaching/recession
Where to Start: Stable alkalinity and controlled, low phosphate levels

Overview:

This is an encrusting Pavona that is easy to care for and generally considered a fast growing SPS coral. Commonly found in the Indo-Pacific and Islands of the Indopacific including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. This coral requires stronger lighting but will do well anywhere off the sandbed. Under actinic lighting the golden pavona can look orange, as shown above.

Lighting & Water Flow:

Encrusting Pavona corals do well in medium to high lighting conditions. They do not change colour as much as other SPS corals under different lighting sources and intensities. Pavona corals may require longer acclimation periods when introduced to LED lit tanks or aquariums with strong metal halide lighting.

  • Low Light = 30-50 PAR
  • Medium = 50-150 PAR
  • High Light = 150+ PAR

Turbulent water movement is recommended, not necessarily strong flow. Never aim a powerhead directly at a coral as this can cause tissue recession and damage. Randomizing the flow around the coral often provides the best results.

Feeding & Growth:

Pavona will do well with adequate lighting but may also feed on phytoplankton and small microfauna available in the water column. Feeding corals generally improves growth rates, but can also increase the need for water changes due to the regular addition of nitrate and phosphate sources.

Other Notes:

Pavona have sweeper tentacles that can damage nearby corals, so careful placement is recommended. Always consider the lighting conditions the coral came from at the time of purchase when acclimating to your lighting system and settings. Differences in nutrient levels, phosphate readings and other parameters can cause changes in corals colouration, growth rates and polyp extension.