photo by Gene Schwartz
Common names: Bubble coral
Natural origin: Indo-Pacific
Sensitivity(Level 2): These are generally tolerant, forgiving corals.
corals, with their exceptionally strong prey capture ability and large
polyp mouths, can easily feed on chunky, meaty sea foods. Despite their
ability to consume very large food items, smaller chunks are
Lighting (Level 6 to 8): Though adaptable, these
corals prefer more intense lighting. Ideal lighting will depend on the
depth and clarity of the water at which the coral was collected or
cultured. As always, please acclimate to new lighting conditions.
Water flow: These
corals seem to prefer moderate water flow. Too much flow can inhibit
bubble polyp extension. Enough water flow to keep the coral free of
debris should be sufficient.
Placement: Bubble corals are very aggressive. Please give plenty of room. Do not keep with potentially toxic leather corals.
Amazingly, the round bubbles of tissue displayed during the day
transform into long feeding tentacles after the lights go out. The
bubbles are thought to be used to gather light during the day for