|Category: LPS (Large Polyp Stony)
Common Name: Tron Chalice
Scientific Name: Echinophyllia aspera
Specimen Size: Medium frag approximately 1″ across.
Origination: UC aquacultured frag.
Entry Updated: 1/9/2017
Chalice corals come in a variety of colors and are usually multicolored. The eyes (polyps) are often a contrasting color. They are typically encrusting or form small mounds or flat shapes.
Chalice corals like lower light levels. They can sometimes adapt to higher light levels, but this should be done carefully and overtime while watching their response. LED lighting in particular can stress Chalice corals if it is very intense. Chalice corals at RC are kept under LED lighting generally at 25 PAR or less which is fairly weak light. They also do best with a higher kelvin (bluer) light.
Chalice corals like fairly low water flow and should be kept out of any strong direct water currents.
They do not require feeding, but will take small meaty foods that are fed at night when their sweeper tentacles are out. Feeding will accelerate growth.
As is the case with all stony corals, attention needs to be paid to maintaining proper Calcium and Alkalinity levels in the reef tank for proper skeletal development as noted on the right.
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Quick Care Notes
ReefCorner Living Conditions for this specimen:
Lighting: 10 hrs/day using ReefCorner Captive Reef LED Lighting, low to moderate intensity
PAR: 50-100 PAR measured at coral
Water Flow: Low flow
Food: Feeding system small meaty foods 1-2 times weekly
Temperature: 77 - 80
Specific Gravity: 1.025 - 1.026
Alkalinity: 9-10 dKH
pH: 8.15 - 8.35
Nitrates, Phosphates, Silicates = 0
General Care Requirements:
Care Level: Moderate. Chalice coral are somewhat delicate and should be acclimated to new lighting carefully.
Lighting: Low to Moderate.
Waterflow: Low to Moderate
Placement: Low on rock work.
Aggressiveness: Moderate. Has moderate tentacle reach extended at night
Water Parameters: Stony corals require that water quality is kept high and the following parameters are monitored and maintained to within the tolerable bounds:
Specific Gravity: 1.024 - 1.026
Alkalinity: 8dKH - 12dKH
Calcium: 400ppm or above
Magnesium: 1250ppm or above
pH: 8.0 - 8.4
For more care information, go to our Reef Database Entry