Saltwater Aquarium LPS Corals for Marine Reef Aquariums: Orange Fungia Plate Coral
  Orange Fungia Plate Coral
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Orange Fungia Plate Coral, Australia

Picture of Ultra Orange Fungia Plate Coral from Australia

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

Orange Fungia Plate Corals are a free-living mobile marine life species. They will travel by inflating their tissue and using current to move. The Neon Orange body may also have other color stripes, streaks, or rims including yellows, greens, reds, pinks, blues, and purple. They have saucer to dome shapes that can be dented or elongated. A large polyp stony (LPS) coral also known as a Fungia Plate Coral, Disc Coral, or Mushroom Coral, they are single-polyp corals with one central mouth. Its genus name, Fungia, was taken directly from the Latin "fungus" (mushroom), which describes its calcareous skeleton shape. It will do best on the bottom of a reef aquarium, preferably lying on a fine sandy substrate. The Short Tentacle Plate Coral is easy to maintain in the reef aquarium and makes an excellent candidate for the beginner reef aquarist.

Difficulty With correct lighting, water flow and feeding, short tentacle plate corals are a hardy coral making a good beginner coral.

Aggressiveness This is a semi aggressive species. They can sting nearby corals so leave a few inches between Short Tentacle Plate corals and other corals in the reef aquarium.

Water-flow It requires moderate water flow.

Lighting It requires moderate lighting (PAR 100-150). T5's, Metal Halides, or LED's can all grow fungia plate 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. Plate corals often inflate themselves with water and expand to 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 We recommend feeding both a liquid micro-plankton and brine shrimp.

Propagation In captivity, propagation of short tentacle plate corals can be done by cutting the disc into multiple pie shaped wedges. Use a water saw or other saw that can quickly saw through the bone. Make sure the animal has been well fed and is healthy before attempting this type of fragmentation.

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Photos are representative of each species. All marine life will be unique and variations should be expected, color and sizes may vary.