Platygyra sp- Purple and Green Maze Coral Frag – WYSIWYG 1

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This is a frag of Platygyra sometimes called Maze Coral or Worm Brain Coral.   Ridges are a maroon purple color and the valleys are a bright light green.
Growth form is massive dome-shaped or flattened colonies.


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Product Description

Category:  LPS (Large Polyp Stony)
Common Name:
   Maze Coral. Worm Brain Coral
Scientific Name:  Platygyra sp.
Specimen Size:   Large frag approximately 1.25″ across.
Origination:  TCF aquacultured frag.
Entry Updated:  2/15/2017


Platygyra are one of the many corals sometimes referred to as Brain corals.  They can usually be recognized by the fact that their corallites form maze or worm like channels across the coral which also gives them the common name of Worm Coral.

Colors may include brown, green, red, white, gray and purple.  Ridges and valleys are usually distinctly colored.

They like moderate light and will do well under almost any lighting systems. If using high powered LED or metal halide, the corals may need to be positioned in a shaded area at the bottom of the tank.

They also like low to moderate water flow.

Platygyra coral are photosynthetic, but will benefit from an occasional feeding of small meaty foods such as mysis shrimp or Cyclopeeze when their tentacles are extended at night.

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.

They often display fairly long sweeper tentacles at night, so care should be used in their placement next to other corals.

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Naming Notes We identify the scientific name when we are able to with some degree of accuracy. You will notice that we don’t give our corals cool names like “AWESOME ULTRA SUPER METALLIC NEON RED AND SCREAMING LIME GREEN ULTRA ULTRA COLORED AUSSIE” unless it is a name in common usage in the hobby that helps to identify the coral. We let our pictures do the talking and you can be the judge of whether our corals are awesome or not.


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 system small meaty foods 1-2 times a week.
Temperature: 77 - 80
Specific Gravity:  1.025 - 1.026
Alkalinity: 9-10 dKH
Calcium:  450-460ppm
Magnesium: 1320-1400ppm
pH: 8.15 - 8.35
Nitrates, Phosphates, Silicates = 0

General Care Requirements:

Care Level: Easy to intermediate.  Platygyra are one of the more delicate family of brain corals, but they are still typically fairly hardy once acclimated and provided with the right lighting and water flow.
Lighting:  Low to moderate.
Waterflow:  Moderate
Placement: Low on rock work or sand bed.
Aggressiveness: Moderate. Extends long sweeper tentacles at night, so will need some space around it.
Water Parameters:  Stony corals require that water quality is kept high and the following parameters are monitored and maintained to within the tolerable bounds:
Temperature: 76-82
Specific Gravity: 1.024 - 1.026
Alkalinity: 8dKH - 12dKH
Calcium: 400ppm or above
Magnesium: 1250ppm or above
pH: 8.0 - 8.4
Nitrates: <5ppm

For more care information, go to our Reef Database Entry