|Category: LPS (Large Polyp Stony)
Common Name: Lobed Brain Coral, Lobo Coral
Scientific Name: Lobophyllia hemprichii
Specimen Size: Large frag approximately 1.5″ across x 1.75″ tall
Origination: UC aquacultured frag
Entry Updated: 2/20/2017
Lobophyllia coral have large fleshy polyps. It can be found in a variety of colors which range from red, green, orange, gray, tan, or brown and usually exhibit 2 or more of these colors. The surface of the coral can be smooth or rough. Lobo coral are sometimes confused with Symphyllia coral which look similar.
It requires moderate to fairly strong lighting and low to moderate water movement.
Though photosynethic, Lobo corals benefit from an occasional feeding of small meaty foods such as mysis shrimp.
As is the case with all stony corals, attention needs to be paid to maintaining proper Calcium and Alkalinity levels in the reef tank as noted on the right for proper skeletal development.
Lobos are relatively easy to maintain in the reef aquarium, making it an excellent candidate for the beginning through expert reef aquarist.
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Quick Care Notes
ReefCorner Living Conditions for this specimen:
Lighting: 10 hrs/day using ReefCorner Captive Reef LED Lighting, moderate intensity
PAR: 75-100 PAR measured at coral
Water Flow: moderate non-laminar flow
Food: Feeding 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: Easy. Lobophyllia corals are fairly hardy once acclimated.
Water flow: Low to moderate
Placement: On sand bed or low on rock work.
Aggressiveness: Moderate. Has short tentacle reach
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