The Aussie Green Cup Coral, Turbinaria peltata is a reef aquarium favorite. The Turbinaria species take on various characteristic shapes depending on the depth at which they are found. They will robustly change shape with a change in environment. If one were to transplant a shallow dwelling species to deeper levels, or visa versa, they will actually change shape to make the most out of the lighting in each habitat.
The perfect beginner's LPS coral, its sure to deliver a high satisfaction rating. A peaceful reef inhabitant, it won't bother any corals placed in close proximity to it. One of the easiest Turbinaria species to maintain in a reef aquarium, it doesn't require strong lighting or any other special considerations. It just needs some water moving across it to help remove sand and wastes. It also doesn't grow super fast, so won't outgrow its tank any time soon.
Turbinaria Corals T. peltata are typically sold in the "cup" form, yet again depending on the depth that they are captured, they can become columnar in shape. The characteristic Turbinaria shapes are reflected in the Turban Coral's other common names including Cup Coral, Pagoda Cup Coral, Green Cup Coral, Chalice Coral, Column Coral, Bowl Coral, Octopus Coral, Plate Coral, and Vase Coral.
Difficulty Very easy to care for, a great beginner coral
Aggressiveness This is not an aggressive species. They are a peaceful reef inhabitant and do not bother other corals that are placed in close proximity to it.
Requires a low to moderate (medium) water flow.
Requires Low to moderate lighting levels. They are very sensitive to bright lighting, if lighting is strong make sure their light is indirect. T5's, Metal Halides, or LED's can all grow coral when the proper levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.
A mature, well-fed live rock/reef environment is what is needed for your coral, along with some fish for organic matter production, and dissolved organics. When positioning the coral in the aquarium be sure that it is lying in a way so as not to collect debris on the surface.
Diet and Feeding
Green Turbinaria corals have big appetites. They should be fed at the very least twice a week. When feeding, it does help to turn the water pumps off during feeding. They can be fed when the tentacles extend but it is not necessary to do so as they will feed during the day when food is present. Like most other LPS corals, the Australian Green Cup Pagoda Coral, Turbinaria peltata needs to be fed a mix of meaty foods such asBrine shrimp, mysis shrimp, or krill. They can be spot fed but its not necessary. They do quite well with their tentacles pulling food from the water.