photo by Gene Schwartz
Common Names: chalice coral
Natural Origin: Indo-Pacific
Sensitivity (Level 2 to 3):
Though not exactly beginner corals, most are tolerant and
forgiving. Please note that they have delicate skeletons that
break easily. Handle with care.
Feeding: Most species feed at
night with long feeding tentacles. They generally have impressive prey
capture ability and can feed on a variety of finely chopped sea foods,
mysis and brine shrimp.
Lighting (Level 3 to 6): Though
adaptable, moderate lighting is preferred. The ideal lighting for
any particular coral will depend on the species and the depth and
clarity of the water where it was collected or cultured. As with
any zooxanthellate coral, coloration can change in response to changing
lighting conditions. As always, sudden changes in lighting conditions
can result in bleaching. Be sure to acclimate properly.
Water flow: Relatively gentle, but constant flow is ideal. Be sure that debris and sediment do not collect on the coral.
These can be aggressive corals. Please place with care, leaving several
inches of free space around each specimen. They should also be placed
at a slant to help keep the coral free of debris.
Members of this family are copious mucus producers and are probably not
good candidates for smaller tanks less than 15 gallons. In small
volumes, excessive coral mucus can cause fowling of the water and
threaten the health of the whole tank.