The Green Cup Pagoda Coral, Turbinaria peltata makes an excellent candidate for the novice to advanced reef aquarist that delivers a high satisfaction rating. They are a peaceful reef inhabitant and do not bother other corals that are placed in close proximity to it. The corallites of its skeletal structure are knobby, and they are close together. The polyps are big and frilly, covering the underlying skeleton so well that the coral almost looks furry. 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, Vase Coral, Disk Coral, Platter Coral, and Saucer Coral.
Difficulty A hardy and easy to care for coral making it 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 water flow.
Requires Low to moderate lighting levels. They are very sensitive to metal halides, lighting from these sources needs to be 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
Trumpet Corals do have big appetites, so they need to be fed at the very least twice a week, and grow quite well with regular feedings. 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 many other LPS, trumpet corals can be fed a mix of meaty foods such as mysis or krill. The coral can be spot fed but its not necessary. They do quite well with their tentacles pulling food from the water.
In captivity, propagating the T. peltata is fairly easy through fragmenting.