Also note the lesser overall thickness. Joined Dec 24, 2012 Messages 2,965 Reaction score 1,197. Rare except in deep inter-reef areas.

Whereas water quality parameters need to be high, over-use of GAC is not indicated for this coral, and similar ones.

Large and meaty, these corals are generally durable and are not overly aggressive towards neighbors. wysiwyg dawin collected medium care corals , with large impact and movement . Extra care must be take to stabilize alkalinity and calcium. This coral, of course, also traps free-floating food particles from the water column, and is believed to also extract dissolved organic material directly from the water.

Note that although confusion with other similar looking corals is possible and exists, even by Store Owners, Acanthophyllia Corals will have a lot more ‘red’ coloration in its polyp than the others mentioned above who may have more ‘yellow and green’ in their polyps. This is quite an unusual manner of reproduction but it has, according to several reports, been used successfully quite a number of times.

Although the recommended water flow is moderate to a little higher, make sure that no algae grow on the skeleton as that will cause polyp recession and polyp loss once the algae reaches the top of the skeleton and starts to affect the large meaty polyp. Columellae are large and compact. Smaller septa are thin, the smallest being almost devoid of dentations.

Although hardy, the coral is also fragile and needs to be handled with great care as the polyp can easily tear apart, even under its own weight, so if you need to move the coral, get it to retract fully so the polyp is protected. Notice the difference of the Coral Polyp’s outer edge that is not as ruffled in this case Soft tissue is like Indophyllia macassarensis and Cynarina lacrymalis in being very thick and opaque, obscuring the underlying skeleton.

Habitat: Costae are sub-equal. Red and Blue Acanthophyllia with some green/yellowish Frag © Austin Reef Club Coral Colors – The Secret Movement of Corals Nicole Helgason. Scroll through selected species using the scroll above. Paliform lobes are absent or nearly so. The strong splash of yellow and orange that it adds to the reef is hard to match from any other coral besides the sun coral. It is considered hardy and not very prone to diseases as some other LPS corals are. While in Beta phase, the website will be taken offline periodically for modifications. The green is there but no red or yellow but rather some purple. Genrally found in lower sections on the reef or silted water . Registered users will receive updates about timing of releases. Download Our App For Special Deals & News. Abundance: Its skeleton is not quite round but more of an irregular circle that is somewhat oval and is flatter than, for instance, Scolymia Corals. This is perhaps not the most commonly available coral, and it is often confused with Scolymia vitiensis, as they look quite similar, and sometimes even with Cynarina lacrimalis, but it certainly is a very nice addition for your Nano-Reef if you can find a nice specimen such as, for instance, the one below: Acanthophyllia  deshayesiana © aquaportail.

It is a slow grower and will not become very large. Nemenzo and Ferraris (1982); This is identified as one but is probably not. Hells Storm © Austin Reef Club, Listed as one but does not look like a true Acanthophyllia Similar Species: Characters: Nevertheless correct identification of Acanthophyllia can still be a problem. Acanthophyllia is a truly spectacular center-piece coral ideal for any type of reef aquarium. Due to the limited availability of this Coral its price can be fairly high, of course depending on its size and on its degree of coloration. they do best under a higher kelvin spectrum too . ACANTHOPHYLLIA, Care Of. Some will have a nice mix of green and red, and that type of coloration is what often leads to the confusion about its correct identification. Advertised as Orange Blood Acanthophyllia © Austin Reef Club. The Holographic Acanthophyllia is a specimen of doughnut coral which is rainbow on a whole different level. Since it is a photosynthetic coral, it receives a good amount of its nutrients from your lighting and the coral’s Zooxanthellae, but it will do even better with supplemental feeding of minced pieces of fish, shrimp, clam, Mysis, Cyclop-eeze, and rotifers. Wells (1964b); Tearing of the main polyp will invariably lead to bacterial infections and, as we have already seen, these are always hard to cure and getting lost polyp tissue to regrow is never a given. Acanthophyllia deshayesiana is larger than both these species. Acanthophyllia deshayesiana (Michelin, 1850) Acanthophyllia Wells, 1937 Characters: Corals are solitary, usually cones with a pointed base. The color on this coral looks somewhat washed out perhaps due to the light it is under The Dendrophyllia coral is one of my favorite LPS corals.

Septa are of very contrasting sizes, the largest being extremely large with very large rounded dentations. Not long ago I saw one offered for sale for close to $300, which obviously is pricy to say the least. Even Biologists have toyed with where to classify it, and it was actually only in 2009 that the ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System) finally placed it in its own Genus, of which only one species is currently recognized. Theme by HB-Themes. Yes, I’m aware of their enhanced/altered photography and thereby I know what to … Difficulty level: Acanthophyllia is one of the more sensitive of the sand dwelling LPS corals. Columellae are large and compact. Click on main image for full screen.

as with all hard corals they will uptake calcium , alkalinity and magnesiums ,strontiums help keep them healthy . This species is very little studied and there may be taxonomic issues as the holotype, figured in Veron and Pichon (1980) and the skeletal specimens shown on this website, have Cynarina-like septa. So handle this coral with great care at all times. Deep soft substrates. Unlike what may be done for many other LPS corals, for this coral asexual reproduction by fragging is not recommended at all. Frequent modifications are being made to data and content and users are advised not to include website data in publications until Version 1.00 is released. … Video. Best and Hoeksema (1987) as Cynarina lacrymalis; This website is currently at draft Beta stage for consultation and feedback. There are three key differences between the Dendrophyllia and sun coral. Although it could be I will reserve judgment for now. The authors welcome constructive comments and details of errors or omissions via the feedback form (see the bottom banner of all pages). If you have rather intense lighting over your Nano-Reef you many need to shield the coral somewhat from it at first, and then gradually acclimate it to the higher intensity, but what and how to exactly do it will depend on what type of lighting you are using.