Aquarium & Tropical Fish Site

Blastomussa merleti
Merlet's Pineapple Coral

 Age of Aquariums > Reef Corals > Merlet's Pineapple Coral - Blastomussa merleti

Photos & Comments

Merlet's Pineapple Coral - Blastomussa merleti (20kb)
Photo Credit: Thiago Somera

Name: Blastomussa merleti
Care CurrentLighting
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Easy Low Medium


Blastomussa merleti is a very easy coral to keep and should be highly recommended to beginners in the reef hobby. It does very well under low light, in fact I have seen them burn up under halides. It is not very aggressive towards other corals, nor does it seem to elicit aggression from other corals. They should be fed at least twice a week with frozen foods (i.e. mysis shrimp, brineshrimp, etc).

Contributed by a visitor

I have had this coral for about 4 months and I love it. The coral will close itself at night and open up to grab as much light during the day or whenever I have the light on. The centers of them also glow bright green under the blue light. I noticed just recently that it could be attempting to spread and grow in other parts of the tank, as there are purple-like moss growing and it's the only other thing in the tank that is of a purple colour.

Contributed by Mark Tuckey

I've never heard of this being called a pineapple coral. But, it's an easy-to-keep coral and will grow like crazy when fed regularly. The colors are amazing when they are under actinics.

Contributed by Andrew Richardson

 Submit a Comment 

Got some experience to share for this page? No registration necessary to contribute! Your privacy is respected: your e-mail is published only if you wish so. All submissions are reviewed before addition. Write based on your personal experiences, with no abbreviations, no chat lingo, and using proper punctuation and capitalization. Ready? Then send your comments!


oF <=> oC in <=> cm G <=> L