Torch Coral – Golden (Euphyllia glabrescens)
Written by Geoff
November 23, 2008 – 1:21 am
Torch Coral (Golden) – Euphyllia glabrescens
- Date Added: 11/23/2008
- Tank: Cardiff 24 gallon
- Status: Inactive 2/11/2010
- Purchased at: Coral Corral
- Cost: $60.00
- Coloration: Gold with Purple tips
- Lighting: Nova Extreme Pro T5HO – 20″ – 6 x 18 Watts
- Description: Euphyllia glabrescens is a Large Polyp Stony Coral (LPS) and has branched skeletal base which is covered by polyps. The polyps of Torch Coral are long and have single rounded tip. Torch Coral has sweeper tentacles tipped by the stinging cells, nematocysts.
- Light & Flow: For optimum coloration, it should be given a medium light levels such as T5 or metal halide lighting combined with moderate to low intermittent water current within the aquarium.
- Supplements: It will require maintaining stable levels of calcium, magnesium, pH, alkalinity, and other trace elements as you would with other types of LPS corals. It is essential for LPS health to keep nutrients such as nitrates and phosphates near low to undetectable levels.
- Feeding: Euphyllia glabrescens derives its nutrition mainly through photosynthesis which is performed by zooxanthellae, a photosynthetic alga living symbiotically within the coral. While it does not require additional food to maintain its health in a mixed reef tank, it will feed on micro-plankton and foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates. It is Carnivorous in feeding habit and filter feeds weekly, when open and feeds upon acellular marine invertebrates, frozen meaty bits of raw shrimp, Silver Side, fish, squid and Mysis Shrimp, zooplankton and phytoplankton.
- Care: It is susceptible to Brown Jelly Infection in which the parasite converts the coral into a jelly like substance and thus kills it. Treat immediately.
Range: Indo-Pacifc region including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands and the Great Barrier Reef
Other Names: Trumpet Coral, Grape Coral, Pom-Pom Coral, Whisker Coral
- Other Colors: Golden, green, brown, pink, yellow, tan
- More Info: Another favorite of mine. The golden or what some call orange or yellow really only appears under correct lighting with a strong blue influence. I found my 6 x 18K T5s to be too bright for this one as faded out and had to move to a more indirect light location to bring out the colors. In correct lighting it has purplish/pink tips and brown or golden tentacles.
Pink with Green Tips
Green with Pink Tips