Montipora are a genus of small polyp stony corals found in reefs throughout the world. Montipora are some of the most diverse SPS corals available. They come in a huge variety of growth forms such as plating, encrusting, and branching as well as just about every color imaginable. Montipora benefit from clean water, stable conditions, bright light, and strong flow.
If you are looking to get into SPS Montipora would be a great choice because it is not insanely challenging for beginners and because there are such a variety of options out there for colors and shapes they can be incorporated into any reef aesthetic.
Montipora love light. Intense lighting is recommended for best coloration and overall health. If not provided proper lighting, the colors of Montipora may fade. Like other SPS such as Acropora, Montipora can change colors dramatically depending on the type of light provided. Expect some changes in color when moving Montipora from system to system.
Moderate to High water movement is recommended. Like most SPS, reef hobbyists have been keeping Montipora in high flow aquariums for ages with a high degree of success. High water flow helps sweep away detritus from the coral as well as bring vital nutrients to their polyps.
Provided with proper conditions, they grow quickly and display wonderful coloration. They are much hardier than Acropora in that they do not bleach as readily, and are more resistant to coral diseases. Be careful what you place Montipora near. They do not have powerful nematocysts and will lose just about every territorial battle.