photo by Mike LaPorte
last two photos by Bob Fenner
Common names: galaxea
Natural origin: Indo-Pacific
Sensitivity (Level 2 to 3): Though not beginner corals, they're generally tolerant in healthy, established aquariums.
Feeding: These corals should be fed a variety of smaller particle food.
Lighting (Level 3 to 5): They
can adapt to a range of lighting conditions and seem to do well under
less intense light. As always, care should be taken to acclimate the
coral to any change in lighting conditions.
Water flow: They
do best with surging water flow. If surging flow is not available,
place in an area of the tank with stronger, more turbulent flow.
corals can get quite aggressive with their exceptionally long stinging
sweeper tentacles. Even small colonies need a lot of room.
have thin, fragile polyp skeletons (corallites). Please handle with
care. If not being kept in a tank with strong, surging water flow, be
sure to keep clear of sediment with daily "blasting" with a turkey
baster or power head. When healthy and kept well, these corals can grow
quite fast and are easy to fragment and propagate.