The Chalice Coral is a heavily-tissued, fleshy body of this Chalice Coral adds amazing texture and depth that animates the bold coloration to dramatic effect. This gorgeous color morph is sure to be a welcomed addition for the avid Chalice Coral collector or any reef aquarium hobbyists wanting a flush of exotic. The chalice coral prefers low to moderate flow with low to moderate lighting. Care of the Chalice Coral is fairly straightforward as long as you maintain pristine water conditions. Chalice Corals prefer horizontal placement in areas of low to medium light and water movement. Keep in mind that the Chalice Coral can readily adapt to different amounts of lighting. Typically a slow growing coral, the species is known to exhibit both an encrusting habit when placed near aquarium glass as well as a plating habit when housed in open areas.
Care Level: Moderate
Color Form: Green, Purple, Red, Yellow, Blue
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Lighting: Low to Moderate
Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Strontium, Iodine, Trace Elements
Placement: Bottom to Middle
Echinophyllia aspera, commonly known as the chalice coral, is a species of large polyp stony corals in the family Lobophylliidae. It is a colonial coral which is partly encrusting and partly forms laminate plates or tiers. It is native to the western and central Indo-Pacific. Colonies of E. aspera are quite diverse in form and may be up to 60 cm (2 ft) across. Some are encrusting but others are hummocky or have thickened sections, with plates, whorls or tiers which tend to lie parallel to the underlying surface. The corallites (stony cups in which the polyps sit) are usually level with the surface but may be protuberant in some colonies. They are normally only on the upper surface of leaves and plates. Small colonies may have a large central corallite and a number of widely spaced peripheral ones, with septo-costae (stony ridges) radiating from the central one. As the colony grows, the distinction between the main and peripheral corallites is lost. The septo-costae are spiny on the upper surfaces but the costae on the lower surfaces are smooth. This coral is usually some shade of brown, green or red, sometimes with the oral discs of the polyps being a contrasting colour. This coral is easily confused with Oxypora lacera underwate
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