Brain Coral Green with Red Eyes
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Brain Coral, Green with Red Eyes, Favia speciosa

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Approximate Inflated Size:Frag: 3/4" to 1-1/2"; Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/4"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 5-1/4", XLarge: 5-1/2" to 7-1/2"

The Green Brain Coral with Red Eyes, Favia speciosa we ship come to us from the reefs surrounding Australia. The common name for this coral is Christmas Brain Coral or Christmas Favia coral. A member of the Faviidae family of corals. The Favia speciosa coral is very similar to the coral genus Favites, sharing many of the same common names, and often being very hard to differentiate. Excellent for either the experienced OR the beginner aquarist, there's just a couple things to learn for this LPS coral. First they only require moderate (medium level) lighting. Which means expensive lighting is not necessary. Basically any type of bulbs will work from T5 fluorescent to LED's. For higher power level lighting, keep the power low for these beauties. They also do not appreciate strong water movement, keep the water flow at a moderate (medium level) as well. Feed Favia's once or twice a week a micro-plankton food and/or a frozen brine shrimp food.

Difficulty: Easy

Aggressiveness: Favia Brain Corals are aggressive, expanding sweeper tentacles at night well beyond the base. Make sure you leave space between it and its reef aquarium neighbors.

Water-flow: Provide Favia with a moderate water flow. The polyps will remain retracted and under inflated if the water current is too fast, because the large flowing polyps are prone to rip and tear in high or ultra-high current environments.

Lighting: Requires moderate lighting levels. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.

Tank Recommendations: A mature, well-fed live rock/reef environment is what Favia do best with, along with some fish for organic matter production, and dissolved organics.

Diet/Feeding: Favia corals do not have to be fed but feeding will help speed the growth of this live coral. Feed micro-plankton and/or brine shrimp, twice per week is fine in the evening while its tentacles are visible. For continued good health, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements should be added to the water.

Also Good To Know: Favia corals contain a large coral skeleton and pull out a good amount of calcium from the saltwater, so use a test kit and watch the levels to ensure that you have enough calcium in the saltwater for good growth. Having a higher than normal calcium level in the aquarium will NOT help the coral grow any faster, but WILL cause other problems like not being able to keep KH at the desired levels. So just keep your calcium level between 400ppm and 420ppm and KH around 8 and all will do well for you. A simpler method is purchasing a calcium reactor. It will help stabilize the calcium level and will also help KH levels in the reef aquarium as well. As far as trace elements, doing regular water changes will help replace the trace elements that the Favia coral may need for good growth.

Propogation: Favia corals are fairly easy to propagate via fragging. You can saw off a section on the Favia coral carefully, placing it back where the mother colony lies, and it will grow into an entirely new colony all on its own.

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Photos are representative of each species. All marine life will be unique and variations should be expected, color and sizes may vary.