written by Dave Burr
The skeleton of the Red Trachyphyllia Brain Coral may has an oval or figure eight shape on top and forms a point at the bottom of the coral making it easy to place in the aquarium . This coral exhibits brilliant fluorescent colors under actinic lighting. These easy to keep LPS corals are great for beginners.
Placement: Mount the Red Trachyphyllia Brain Corals using IC gel glue, or putty, on an exposed rock or ledge low in the aquarium where they will receive low currents and low to moderate lighting. They also do very well when placed directly on the sand bed provided Gobies and inverts don't bury them with sand. They are susceptible to stings from other corals so give them 3-4" of space around them.
Feeding: Although symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae hosted within them supply most of their nutritional requirements through photosynthesis they do benefit from supplemental feedings once or twice per week. Offer mysis shrimp, and other chopped meaty foods when their tentacles are open.
Lighting & Flow Requirements: The Red Trachyphyllia Brain Coral requires moderate water flow and moderate lighting (PAR 150-250). T5's, Metal Halides, or LED's can all grow Trachyphyllia Corals when the proper PAR levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.
Care Level: Easy
Lighting Requirements: Moderate (PAR 150-250)
Water Flow: Moderate
Range: Fiji, Indo Pacific, Australia
Water Conditions: 75-80° F; sg 1.024-1.026 (1.025 is ideal); pH 8.1-8.4 Ca 420-440 ppm, Alk 8-9.5 dKH, Mg 1260-1350, Nitrates <10ppm, Phosphates, < .10ppm
Water Chemistry: It is important that proper calcium (420-440 ppm), alkalinity (8-9.5 dkh - run it 7-8 if you are carbon dosing) , and magnesium levels (1260-1350 ppm) are maintained. Raising magnesium levels gradually up to 1400-1600 ppm can help to combat algae outbreaks, just keep CA and Alk in line as you raise the Mg. Nitrates should be below 10 ppm and phosphates should be below .10 ppm. We recommend doing a water change when Nitrate levels rise to 10 ppm. It is important to replace your phosphate media when phosphates rise to .10 ppm. Media Reactors make the most efficient use of your phosphate media by fluidizing it.
Dosing: Vivid Aquariums uses and recommends dosing pumps to automate the dosing of additives and keep your levels more constant. A dosing pump can alleviate the chore of manually dosing your aquarium with Ca, Alk, & Mg 2,3, or 4 times per week and will benefit your aquarium by keeping your levels constant through frequent small additions of Ca, Alk, & Mg. Our tanks all progressed when we switched from 3 manual dosings per week to 70 automatic dosings per week and we got a lot more work done.