The genus Montipora offers several robust candidates for the beginner (See: Beginners Guide to Keeping Corals) to consider keeping. While these corals are relatively forgiving, calcium, magnesium and alkalinity levels will need to be maintained correctly for these corals to thrive and show their best colouration.
The genus Montipora consists of three major coral types; ‘plating’ (M. capricornis and M. turberculosainto), ‘encrusting’ (M. verrucosa) and ‘finger-like’ (M. digitata). The latter is considered one of the best Montipora species for beginners. Plating montis and M. digitata can be quite fast growing and are readily available as frags.
Montipora corals are ideal beginner SPS corals. If you ensure that calcium, magnesium and alkalinity levels are close to accepted norms, and that new specimens are introduced using correct acclimatisation methods, the corals should thrive. Also ensure that the corals are not placed in overly bright lighting upon first entry into the tank (remember, it is better to put new corals into dimmer lighting and increase the lighting over time than to risk bleaching them).