Fancy Doughnut Coral, Australia |Button Coral, Para scolymia vitiensis
  Fancy Doughnut Coral, Para scolymia vitiensis
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Fancy Doughnut Coral, Button Coral
Para scolymia vitiensis, Australia

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Approx. Inflated Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/4"; Medium: 2-1/4" to 3-1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 5-1/4"

The Button Coral,Scolymia vitiensis is often called the Scolymia Button Coral or the Fancy Doughnut Coral, because they are one of several large polyp stony (LPS) corals that have a round donut-like appearance. A favorite for beginners due to its hardy and undemanding nature the Button Coral, Scolymia vitiensis is similar in appearance to the well known Scolymia australis but with raised ridges. The Fancy Doughnut Corals we are selling are all coming from the Australian waters. They tend to be dome shaped or flat, but can also be saucer-like or cup shaped. They are found in a multitude of different mottled color forms green, red, or brown and in many shapes and sizes.

Difficulty A hardy and easy to care for coral making it a good beginner coral.

Aggressiveness Not an aggressive coral, they still must be provided with a good amount of space between itself and any other corals because they expand to over twice their size during the day.

Water-flow It requires slow to medium at most water flow.

Lighting It requires moderate lighting (PAR 100-150). T5's, Metal Halides, or LED's can all grow Scolymia corals when the proper PAR levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.

Tank Recommendations For placement keep in mind that it will do best on the bottom of the reef aquarium, preferably lying on a fine sandy substrate. Scoly corals often inflate themselves with water and expand to over twice their size so enough room must be left for both the expansion and for its sweeper tentacles which can extend beyond its body.

Diet and Feeding Feed meaty foods such as liquid micro-plankton, frozen mysis shrimp or brine shrimp.

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