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LPS Corals

LPS coral is the name given to a group of large polyp stony coral species that have a large stony skeleton which is made from calcium carbonate, and also large fleshy expanding polyps. though it is not best practice to provide generalizations, about a large group of corals such as LPS corals, but most large polyp stony corals come from deeper, slow to medium moving water that may even be murky. LPS corals typically require low-to-moderate lighting brightness and they are capable of feeding themselves directly on meaty foods in the water flow.

Australian Scolymia Coral, Neon Green
Scolymia australis
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Description The Scolymia Coral is a LPS (large polyp stony) coral that is also commonly called a Scoly, Doughnut, Artichoke, or Disk coral. No matter what color they are, Scolymia australis will always be round and a solitary coral with either a cup, saucer, or dome shape to it. Scolymia corals for the most part have a single mouth opening in the center, but there are some species that have been found with multiple mouth's . Not an aggressive coral, Scolymia Corals 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.

Care Level Easy

Australian Scolymia Coral, Red
Scolymia australis
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Description The Red Scolymia australis coral is a LPS (large polyp stony) coral that is also commonly called a Scoly, Doughnut, Artichoke, or Disk coral. No matter what color they are, Scoly's will always be round and solitary corals with either a cup, saucer, or dome shape to it. Scolymia corals for the most part have a single mouth opening in the center, but there are some species that have been found with multiple mouth's . 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.

Care Level Easy

Australian Scolymia Coral, Colored
Scolymia australis
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Description The Australian Scolymia Coral is a LPS (large polyp stony) coral that is also commonly called a Scoly, Doughnut, Artichoke, or Disk coral. No matter what color they are, Scoly's will always be round and solitary corals with either a cup, saucer, or dome shape to it. Scolymia corals for the most part have a single mouth opening in the center, but there are some species that have been found with multiple mouth's . 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.

Care Level Easy

"Best of the Best" Aussie Scolymia Coral
Scolymia australis
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Description "Best of the Best" Scolymia Corals, In a sea of beautiful Scolymia's these are the best of the best. Our "Best of the Best" are extremely beautiful patterned Scolymia corals that have both amazing colors and amazing patterns. The Scolymia coral is a LPS (large polyp stony) coral that is also commonly called a Scoly, Button, Doughnut, Artichoke, or Disk coral. Scoly's are a round, solitary coral with either a cup, saucer, or dome shape to it. Scolymia corals for the most part have a single mouth opening in the center, but there are some species that have been found with multiple mouth's . 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. The Scolymia Coral makes an excellent choice for both the beginner and advanced reef aquarist.

Care Level Easy

Red/Pink Cynarina Button Coral
Cynarina lacrymalis, Australia
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Description The beautiful Cynarina lacrymalis is perhaps the most delicate beauty in the coral world. The Cynarina is highly prized due to its hardy nature. They are tolerant of a wide range of environmental conditions, more so than any other member of the Mussidae family. In spite of its delicate appearance, the Cynarina Coral is a hardy large polyp stony (LPS) coral in most aquariums. Cynarina corals come in wonderful mixes of almost any color. Some other names this coral is known for are Doughnut Coral, Modern Coral, Solitary Cup Coral, and Meat Coral.

Care Level Moderately Easy

Green Cynarina Button Coral
Cynarina lacrymalis, Australia
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Description The beautiful Cynarina lacrymalis is perhaps the most delicate beauty in the coral world. The Cynarina is highly prized due to its hardy nature. They are tolerant of a wide range of environmental conditions, more so than any other member of the Mussidae family. In spite of its delicate appearance, the Cynarina Coral is a hardy large polyp stony (LPS) coral in most aquariums. Cynarina corals come in wonderful mixes of almost any color. Some other names this coral is known for are Doughnut Coral, Modern Coral, Solitary Cup Coral, and Meat Coral.

Care Level Moderately Easy

Australian Fancy Doughnut Coral
Scolymia vitiensis Picture of Australian Fancy Doughnut Coral, Scolymia vitiensisClick Picture for More Information

Description: The Fancy Doughnut Coral, Scolymia vitiensis, is found in many colors red, blue, Orange and green to name just a few. Some other common names for the Fancy Doughnut Coral are Scolymia Brain Coral, Button Scolymia Coral, Scolymia Meat Coral or simply Meat Coral. The Fancy Doughnut Coral is just perfect for beginners due to its hardy and undemanding nature. Of all the Scolymia corals, the Fancy Doughnut Coral is the easiest to maintain mostly because it is less sensitive to injury and not as susceptible to death from the stings of other corals. Only using low to moderate lighting is suggested, as well as lower water current to allow full expansion.

Care Level Easy

Australia Mini Scoly Coral
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Description Australia Mini Scoly are a relatively new species and they are some of the coolest corals coming from Western Australia. About the size of a quarter, the mini Scolymia is packed full of colors that are right on par with their larger cousins. But the fact that they’re essentially miniatures means there is so much more appeal.

Care Level Easy

Australian Superman Scolymia Coral
Scolymia australis
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Description The Australian Superman Scolymia Coral plays homage to the super hero with alternating red and blue radial bands on every variation of the Scolymia coral. Scolymia are some of the most beautiful corals on Earth. Where else do you see the colors and patterns of a scoly? The best specimens dazzle like gems of the sea. Reef keepers are rightfully attracted to the beauty of the Scolymia australis; There are few (if any) corals that can challenge a Scoly's color palette and patterns. Aquarist's have demonstrated ongoing willingness to pay beau coup dollars for the top specimens.

Care Level Easy


Australian Bleeding Sour Apple
Scolymia australis Picture of Australian Bleeding Sour Apple Scolymia Coral, Scolymia australis Click Picture for More Information

Description The Australian Bleeding Sour Apple Scoly is for the most part a neon green scoly, but then there's the blood. Red radial bands bleeding out of cup, saucer, flat or dome shaped variations of the Scolymia coral. Scolymia are some of the most beautiful corals on Earth. Where else do you see the colors and patterns of a scoly? The best specimens dazzle like gems of the sea. Reef keepers are rightfully attracted to the beauty of the Scolymia australis; There are few (if any) corals that can challenge a Scoly's color palette and patterns. Aquarist's have demonstrated ongoing willingness to pay beau coup dollars for the top specimens.

Care Level Easy


Australian WarPaint Scolymia Coral
Scolymia australis Picture of a Australian WarPaint Scolymia Coral Click Picture for More Information

Description The Australian Warpaint Scolymia Coral is when there is a striking combination of colors. This example has purplea, blues, and emerald greens. Red radial bands bleeding out of cup, saucer, flat or dome shaped variations of the Scolymia coral. Scolymia are some of the most beautiful corals on Earth. Where else do you see the colors and patterns of a scoly? The best specimens dazzle like gems of the sea. Reef keepers are rightfully attracted to the beauty of the Scolymia australis; There are few (if any) corals that can challenge a Scoly's color palette and patterns. Aquarist's have demonstrated ongoing willingness to pay beau coup dollars for the top specimens.

Care Level Easy

Australian Reverse Toxic Apple
Scolymia australis Picture of Australian Reverse Toxic Apple Scolymia Coral Click Picture for More Information

Description The Reverse Toxic Apple Scolymia Coral is for the most part a bright red scoly, but then there's the toxic neon green radial bands bleeding out of the cup, saucer, flat or dome shaped variations of the Scolymia coral. Scolymia are some of the most beautiful corals on Earth. Where else do you see the colors and patterns of a scoly? The best specimens dazzle like gems of the sea. Reef keepers are rightfully attracted to the beauty of the Scolymia australis; There are few (if any) corals that can challenge a Scoly's color palette and patterns. Aquarist's have demonstrated ongoing willingness to pay beau coup dollars for the top specimens.

Care Level Easy


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