The “Aussie Red Lava Chalice coral”, Echinophyllia aspera has a hard stony look exterior and a sharp unique color. Together it makes it a great addition to any aquarium. While at the same time requires minimal attention, which makes this Chalice Coral one of the easiest corals to maintain and enjoy. It is also important to note that people who buy this coral will find that within a 2 or 3 week period the coral will go through an amazing metamorphosis. In a sense, the Chalice Coral is the diamond in the rough of aquatic coral world. This type of LPS coral thrives in low light and does best with a moderate amount of flow. Provide just enough movement so that debris cannot collect on the coral's tissue.
Care of Chalice Coral is fairly simple as long as you maintain excellent water conditions. Chalice Coral prefers horizontal placement in areas of low to moderate light and water movement. Please remember that the Chalice Coral can readily adapt to different amounts of lighting.
Aggressiveness While usually relatively peaceful, all chalice corals are capable of stinging neighbouring corals with sweeper tentacles at night.
This type of LPS coral does best with a moderate amount of flow. Provide just enough movement so that debris cannot collect on the coral's tissue.
This coral thrives in lower lighting (PAR 50-100). T5's, Metal Halides, or LED's can all grow Scolymia corals when the proper PAR levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum to keep the coloration of the coral.
A well-feed live rock/reef environment is what is needed for your Chalice coral , along with some fish for organic matter production. A mature tank is recommended. Place at the bottom of the tank.
Diet and Feeding
In captivity, they do well in well-feed reef tanks. Like other LPS, they use their zooxanthellae for nutrition. Feed microplankton, cyclopeeze and other similar sized foods at night when feeder tentacles are present.