Acropora valida Domain: Eukaryota Kingdom: Animalia Subkingdom: Radiata Infrakingdom: Coelenterata Phylum: Cnidaria Subphylum: Anthozoa Class: Anthozoa Subclass: Zoantharia Order: Scleractinia Suborder: Astrocoeniina Family: Acroporidae Genus: Acropora Species name: valida Scientific name: Acropora valida Origin: This coral originates from all around the Pacific. Most common occurrences are on the Great Barrier Reef near Australia, Hawaii, Phillipines, throughout the Indian Ocean, and Madigascar. Common Name: Valida, Tricolor acro, Larry Johnson acropora, Purple Tip acro. Temperament: Acropora valida is a very nice acro to keep. It is not invasive and will not overtake other SPS. It will be hurt by LPS sweeper tentacles so make sure to keep a distance between the two. Reef parameters and recommended/desired levels. Salinity/specific gravity-1.025ppm or 35ppt Temp.-78-82 PH-8.1-8.3 Ammonia/NH3-0 Nitrite/NO2-0 Nitrate/NO3-0 Phosphate/PO4-0 Hardiness: I would rate this acro as moderate. Given that you have all of your parameters stable and are able to care for acropora, this one proves to be very hardy. I have even seen valida live during a partial tank crash where a lot of other SPS died. Flow: Valida is a very flexible coral and can adapt to any type of flow you throw at it. In high flow situations this coral will take the shape of a pyramid as a colony and grow upwards and outwards with close branches. Under less flow, the branches will spread out a little and it may even grow into a tabling formation with the longest branches facing directly vertical. Feeding: Feeding is similar to most other SPS corals. The small polyps will only be able to consume very small organisms such as: small copepods, bacteria, zooxanthellae, and phytoplankton. In our reef tanks, a majority of the energy this coral requires is supplied by intense lighting. Lighting: This acro is very adaptable to many types of lighting. It can be kept under t5, MH, LED, and quite possibly even strong CF lights. The color of this coral will vary quite noticably based on both the intensity and type of lighting it is under. Frag difficulty: Fragging is very simple with valida. Given its very fast growth and its long thinner branches, it is one of the easiest corals to frag. Some aquarists will frag very large pieces with multiple branches because this coral grows so fast. Personal Observations: Acropora valida is a fun and peaceful acro to keep. In the wild it often grows closely to A. tenius, Galaxia, and Porites. Valida has many color variants so different variations of the same species can be kept in the same aquarium or even together as a multicolored colony. The two most common variations of valida are purple tissue with green polyps or tan tissue with purple growth tips. One interesting observation I have noticed between types of lighting with the tan tissue and purple tips version is that under higher intensity lighting the tan tissue will actually house some quite beautiful zooxanthellae. Under intense white halide lighting the tan tissue takes on a metallic blue color. Under intense blue LED lighting the whole entire coral takes on a metallic green coloration (minus the purple growth tips) and the corallites become lime green. My experiences with Acropora valida have been exceptionally great because it is very hardy and it grows quite fast into a gorgeous colony.