Lobophyllia hemprichii
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Brain coral

Common Names: Brain coral
Classification: Lobophyllia hemprichii
Description: It has a calcareous skeleton with fleshy polyps that proceed from the skelaton. They can come in many colors esp. Green, Brown, red and purple. Gray, orange and tan are other less seen colors. They have different textures as well.
Environment: They are a LPS coral (large polyp stony) and come from the South Pacific.
Hardiness: They are rated easy on the care level and are an excellent coral for the beginner.
Lighting: They need at least moderate lighting and can handle higher lighting since they are on the substrate anyway.
Current: They need medium flow on them.
22°C - 26°C
72°F - 79°F
Aggressiveness: They are a semi aggressive coral and need plenty of space between them and other corals. They have sweeper tentacles that come out at night and can sting other corals.
Feeding: The algae zooxanthellae that is hosted in this coral provides most of the nutrition that it needs. You could also supplement it`s feedings with micro plankton and brine shrimp.
Supplements: Supplements can be obtained by frequent PWC`s that replenish Calcium, Strontium and Trace Elements that are needed for this coral.
Position: The Brain coral is best placed on the substrate. When placed on LR the fleshy part will recede and cause problems.
Comments: The brain coral is an excellent coral and is very hardy. Feedings are not really necessary as they get most of their feedings from the lighting. It is a good starter coral and for even experienced aquarist.
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