Chalice Coral (Echinophyllia aspera)
Written by Geoff
February 5, 2012 – 6:54 pm
Chalice Coral – Echinophyllia aspera
- Date Added: 02-05-2012
- Tank: Cardiff 24 gallon
- Status: Active
- Purchased at: Coral Corral
- Cost: $20.00
- Coloration: Neon green with orange eye
- Lighting and Camera:
- 250w MH 14000K Phoenix
- Canon Rebel Xi
- Aperture photo software editing used trying to adjust to viewable color
- Description: Often seen in the shape of a cup, chalice corals grow thin and flat with many bumps, sometimes in a plating fashion, and sometimes encrusting. They prefer horizontal placement, typically a slow growing coral, the species is known to exhibit both an encrusting surface when placed near aquarium glass and a plating surface when housed in open areas. They are semi-aggressive and can produce sweeper tentacles that can harm more docile corals and invertebrates.
- Care Level: Easy
- Water Flow: Moderate to low intermittent water current within the aquarium.
- Lighting: For optimum coloration, it should be given low to medium light.
- 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: Chalice primarily feed at night. Though feeding is not necessary, they benefit from small pieces of meaty marine food, such as baby brine shrimp, Cyclops, or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates.
- Range: Indo-Pacific and the Red Sea, including the western, northern, and eastern coasts of Australia, to Tahiti, and north to southern Japan. Most of those that are imported into the industry originate from Tonga, Indonesia, Fiji, and Australia.
- Other Names: Plate Coral, Scroll Coral
- Other Colors: Various