Elegance Coral (Catalaphyllia sp.)
Family: Caryophylliidae (Stony Corals)
Habitat: They are uncommon on reefs, found on slopes in dense colonies
Light: Medium Water Flow: Medium Space: 50+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: These corals have zooxanthellae which provide much of their nutrition. It is believed they also feed on microzooplankton and directly absorb some nutrients from the water.
Natural History: Elegance Corals form wavy and ridged skeletons with a cone-shaped base that allows them to bury into soft bottoms. They extend their long polyps and tentacles by day but nearly completely retract them at night. These corals superficially resemble anemones. Juveniles are generally sessile but become free-living when mature.
Husbandry: Elegance Coral were easy to maintain at one time but are now reported to be more difficult to maintain. Many believe this is due to shipping and holding practices in warehouse facilities. They may decline in the presence of some soft corals such as Sinularia. They prefer gentle water flow and moderate light best. They have formidable tentacles daily which can inflict a painful sting and damage other corals. Yet, Euphyllia (hammer and frogspawn corals) are dominant when they contact Elegance Corals. They should be kept on soft substrates in captivity away from live rock which can damage their inflated polyps.
AKA: Elegant Coral, Wonder Coral
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