The Elegance Coral, Catalaphyllia jardinei is a large polyp stony, called LPS, coral. It's also known as the Purple Tip Elegance Coral, Elegant Coral, or Ridge Coral. Though found throughout the Pacific Ocean Aquarium Creations has found the best healthiest specimens come from Australia. For this reason, we carry Elegance Corals exclusively from Australia. A true beauty, the colorful body is fully open and long tentacles are extended during the day. With a fluorescent green body, and tentacles with either blue, pink, or purple tips, which vary between branched or round and bulbous shapes. The Catalaphyllia Elegance Coral is moderate to maintain in the reef aquarium and makes an excellent coral choice for the beginner to advanced hobbyist.
Aggressiveness Elegance corals are semi-aggressive in temperament and will expand their sweeper tentacles at night well beyond the base. It is important to leave space between the elegance coral and its coral neighbours.
This coral does well from weak to strong water flow conditions, however strong water flow is beneficial in moving more food to the coral's tentacles.
In order to make the most of its coloration give Low to Medium lighting, (if a Par meter is available a Par level from 30 to 150).
.Place this one in a soft substrate. The soft substrate is less likely to irritate the fleshy underside of the coral when compared to the rockwork. Clownfish may accept this coral as its host if no anemone is present.
Diet and Feeding
This coral is photosynthetic. Meaning a good portion of its nutrition comes from the algae zooxanthellae, through the light they receive. At night their feeding tentacles extend on the inside edge of each polyp. If you feed a mixture of frozen meaty foods such as mysis shrimp, Krill, silver sides, and squid they will reward you with better health and fast growth. For continued good health, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements should be added to the water.